Miniature Four Winged Robots Could Soon Take To Our Skies
The term robot conjures up images of creepy, metallic mimics of human beings, or soulless mechanical appendages used for menial tasks on the assembly line. But this tiny robotic creation from Leif Ristroph and co. at New York University is breaking the shackles of our preconceptions, looking more like a jellyfish than a human, floating effortlessly through the air with the use of its four wings. Ristroph and his development team hope that this little guy will one day act as a blueprint for centimeter-scale robots, which would be able to float high into the air to take a wide range of environmental measurements. One can only imagine how busy the UFO reporting pages if these Jellyfish impersonators are ever unleashed upon our skies.
While this tiny robot is remarkably graceful it is in fact incredibly basic in its design, something that its creators believe will be key to its success. Ristroph told New Scientist "Making a dumb robot is a nice strategy for very small robots. Without circuits and sensors it's also lighter." While the current iteration of the robot is tethered by a power cord, the hope is that future developments will see the robot's design strengthen to a level that will allow it to carry its own power source and therefore allowing it to take to the skies.
So it may be a few years away yet but someday soon, the task of investigation UFO sightings is going to become that little bit more interesting.