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Video: RoboBee Finally Takes Off

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Ann R. Thryft
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Re: Robobee flight
Ann R. Thryft   6/4/2013 3:52:41 PM
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taimoortariq, thanks for your comments. I agree, the energy storage device will be a big challenge. Maybe something useful for other applications will come out of the R&D to develop it.

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Robobee flight
taimoortariq   6/4/2013 3:36:44 PM
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It is great to see a flying bee coming to life in engineering world now, as we used to see in movies. To control any robot using flapping wings is quite a task, let alone controlling it on such a minute scale. Its good to know that they have managed to control the vertical flight at present, I can imagine the complexity in controlling the flight in the future as the dynamics of flapping wings is quite complex as compared to stationary wings, but the future seems bright. Also, I hope they do find a high energy density power source to control the actuators of the robot on such a small scale. 

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RoboBee
apresher   6/4/2013 1:00:56 PM
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Ann, Definitely a unique and innovative design. This type of detailed design work, especially given the size and weight limitations, is very impressive along with the complexity of the wing design. These robotic designs are definitely very interesting.  Thanks.

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Ann R. Thryft   6/4/2013 12:52:19 PM
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Thanks, Al. The tether is temporary and a not unusual first stage characteristic of prototypes for specialized, non-industrial robot designs. 10 years is a long time, but for this kind of groundbreaking robot R&D, especially the biomimetic sort, and especially flying robots that are not based on the quadrotor, it's actually not so unusual.

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RoboBee
apresher   6/4/2013 12:43:20 PM
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Interesting project.  But 10 years in the making is a long time. The design of the RoboBee structure itself looks novel and well-designed. The need for the tether for both control and power definitely limits the possibilities in terms of potential uses.

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