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RoboBee

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RoboBee is a small flapping-wing robot modeled on one of the busiest and most useful insects of all time: the bee. The goal is to create a colony of robotic bees that mimic the behavior of real bees.

Creator
Harvard University
Country
United States πŸ‡ΊπŸ‡Έ
Year
2009
Type
Aerospace, Research
Creator
Harvard University
Country
United States πŸ‡ΊπŸ‡Έ
Year
2009
Type
Aerospace, Research

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FEATURES
Modular, easy-to-fabricate design. Equipped with bio-inspired actuators, sensors, and flying control mechanisms.
HEIGHT
N/A cm | N/A in
LENGTH
N/A cm | N/A in
WIDTH
3 cm | 1.2 in
WEIGHT
0.00005 kg | 0.0001 lb to 0.0002 kg | 0.0004 lb (depending on version)
SPEED
3.6 km/h | 2.2 mph

SENSORS
Gyroscopes, optical flow sensors, ocelli sensor (insect-inspired horizon detection sensors).
ACTUATORS
Piezoelectric bending bimorph cantilevers
POWER
Tethered
COMPUTING
N/A
SOFTWARE
Custom software
DEGREES OF FREEDOM (DOF)
3 to 5 (depending on model)
MATERIALS
Combination of various materials, including composites, ceramics, polymers, and metals. "Pop-up book MEMS" fabrication method.
COST
N/A
STATUS
Ongoing
HISTORY
N/A
WEBSITE
http://micro.seas.harvard.edu