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 February 03 2017

Bat Bot

Bat Bot.

Researchers have developed a drone mimicking bats, called Bat Bot (B2). This biomimetic flying robot reminds us of the hapless Clément Ader who, at the end of the XIXth century, attempted to fly bat-like airplanes. The Bat Bot is a motorized ultralight flying machine, weighing in at just 93 grams. It boasts jointed carbon-fiber arms covered in a stretchy, ultrathin (56 micrometers) silicone-based membrane. It is without a doubt a masterpiece of robotic engineering; but we’re having trouble imagining practical applications for it.

Popular Science, “Bat Bot flies through the air on whisper-thin wings.”

Science robotics, Alireza Ramezani, Soon-Jo Chung, Seth Hutchinson, “A biomimetic robotic platform to study flight specializations of bats.”

Bat Bot.

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