Watch One of the First Real, Working Robotic Dragonflies Fly around a Room

Wednesday, 11 January 2017 - 5:31PM
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Wednesday, 11 January 2017 - 5:31PM
Watch One of the First Real, Working Robotic Dragonflies Fly around a Room
Dragonflies are the Holy Grail for hobby roboticists and drone enthusiasts: there's something magical and elusive about the aerodynamics of dragonfly wings that makes them uniquely hard to recreate and awesome to watch. Startup company TechJect made news back in 2012 with their super-successful IndieGogo project to create a robotic dragonfly, but since 2015 they've become a cautionary tale for crowdfunders due to their colossal financial implosion and failure to deliver on their famous project.

Now, however, it looks like the German engineering company Festo has managed to crack the mystery and create a working dragonfly. Watch this thing fly below: 



As the video mentions, one of the coolest things about the little robo-dragonfly is its versatility: it can fly forwards, backwards, sideways, and even hover, all with four wings. We can only hope that one day it will also be able to deliver Amazon packages and attack our enemies in giant swarms.
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