The world of robotics advances, with logos related to Artificial Intelligence, but also with mechanics. Everything is not achieved in this field, as RoboFly has just proved, a miniature robot that can fly thanks to the laser.
This robot is the evolution of RoboBee, the drone with the shape and size of a bee presented a few months ago. Unlike its predecessor, RoboFly does not need batteries or cables, but draws its energy from the laser pulses of a laser.
With a photoelectric cell, you can channel the laser energy to generate movement in your wings. Of course, it depends 100% that the liminal pulse is not interrupted. In addition, at the moment their capabilities are limited to precariously lifting the flight.
t has been equipped with a microcontroller that tells the wings when to move. Specifically, what it does is send energy intermittently to them, causing them to move or not when they have it or when they do not have it. It is the most effective way to mimic the natural movement of an insect.
However, the development of this miniature flying robot is very promising. Currently this type of tiny drones have a key limitation: batteries weigh a lot and prevent them from flying, and without them there is no energy source to do so.
It has been created by the University of Washington, which has published the video we cited on the cover to demonstrate how RoboFly works. It is a short video but according to them it is a big step for robotics.