“This is what I have been trying to do for literally the last 12 years,” explains Professor Robert J Wood, Charles River Professor of Engineering and Applied Sciences at Harvard University. “Now that we’ve got this unique platform, there are dozens of tests that we’re starting to do, including more aggressive control maneuvers and landing.”
Indeed, a tiny robotic insect capable of controlled flight is actually rather awesome. The controlled flight mechanic was perfected by the Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering, and despite this minor breakthrough, the researchers still want to add batteries, an internal control system, and make an even more lightweight chassis. As long as they don’t set a swarm of flying robots on me, I’m all for the great work they’re doing. Video of the flight is after the break.