Harvard University has developed a method for churning out coin-size microrobots en masse.
By drawing on the ideas of origami, researchers have engineered a fabrication technique that produces a small flying robot much the way a children's pop-up book creates a structure.
The method can be used for different types of millimeter-scale electromechanical machines, Harvard said yesterday. But researchers developed the system specifically to replace the painstakingly slow process of manually making insect-like flying robots for its RoboBees project.
"You'd take a very fine tungsten wire and dip it in a little bit of superglue," Pratheev … Read more