World’s Smallest Fly-Inspired RoboBee Makes First Controlled Flight



“A team of engineers from Harvard University have built the world’s smallest aerial drones that are half the size of a paper clip and weigh less than a tenth of a gram after a decade of hard work.

Inspired by the biology of a fly, the world’s first smallest controllable, flying, insect-sized robot known as ‘RoboBee’ was designed using a technique known as ‘smart composite microstructure’ (SCM). It consists of a submillimeter scale anatomy and two wafer-thin wings that have the capacity to flap 129 times per second.

This fascinating device was built by a mechanical engineer Robert Wood from Harvard University, together with Harvard grad student Kevin Ma.”