Wireless robotic insects can take flight

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We have seen flying drones designed for use in home security and a palm-sized drone for taking selfies and videos. However, smaller drones such as existing robotic insects have not yet been able to take flight. Now, engineers from the University of Washington have developed wireless flying robotic insects, known as RoboFly. The RoboFly’s have a photovoltaic cell attached above them. Once the engineers direct an invisible laser beam at the photovoltaic cell, it converts it into electricity, powering the RoboFly. In addition, it has a tiny onboard circuit to boost the volts from the photovoltaic cell. Together, this creates enough voltage…

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