A tiny robotic 'insect', the size of a penny, demonstrates its controlled flight abilities. Developed by engineers at the Harvard School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, RoboBee weighs around 80mg and has a wingspan of 3cm.

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+6 1. joka232 commented 8 years ago

wow thats really fast beating of the wings, can barley tell they are moving when its hovering :P Awesome :)
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+19 2. Cavabardus commented 8 years ago

80 mg but 8 kg with batteries ;)
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+9 3. BarraMacAnna commented 8 years ago

Technically this should NOT be based on a bee, as bees have 2 pairs of wings...insects with one pair of wings (like you see here) include the mosquito and housefly (I know, RoboBee is is more catchy!)
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+2 4. jackDjohnson commented 8 years ago

Unless it can carry a beer from the fridge to the couch.. Whats the point? don't we have enuf of them damn winged critters now !! buzzzzzz........... (( Splat )) 8-)
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+2 5. LQoQK commented 8 years ago

20 years from now my kid will be able to buy these for his kids to play with. or wait a sec why didnt they make bigger size and attached them to a human shoulder and make him hover.
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+1 6. Jim777 commented 8 years ago

fine, now take the energy from a piece of fruit and make it last for days... :D
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+2 7. cameramaster commented 8 years ago

And six months after these are in general use somebody will become a multi selling fly swatters.
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-5 8. LightAng3l commented 8 years ago

If they can pollinate flowers, make honey and sting you... we don't need bees anymore. :D
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+2 9. aquilon1234 commented 8 years ago

#8 humanity will always need bees....!!!!! because if bees disappear... so will humanity
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+3 10. Thanny commented 8 years ago

I was all ready to be amazed at how they powered something so small, but then I saw the wire. Oh well.