New Drive System Allows Insect-Sized Robots to Flap Their Wings

Who needs gears and drives? A new method of electromechanical "zipping" is supporting the next class of autonomous robots.

“Making smaller and better performing flapping wing micro robots is a huge challenge. LAZA is an important step toward autonomous flying robots that could be as small as insects and perform environmentally critical tasks such as plant pollination and exciting emerging roles such as finding people in collapsed buildings,” said Professor of Robotics at University of Bristol, Jonathan Rossiter .