Robotic Insect: To Promote Pollination in US, May Support Future Food Supply
In the Media - 05/08/2013
“We’re getting closer and closer to the point where we don’t have enough bees in this country to meet pollination demands,” said entomologist Dennis vanEngelstorp of the University of Maryland, who led the survey documenting the declines, according to Wired.
However, recently, scientists in Harvard and Northeastern University have taken a big step to overcome a political pollinator crisis.
They have created a robot the size of a fly with wing designs based on real houseflies. The manufacture was inspired by origami, which is able to perform the agile manoeuvres of the global insects.
In 2009, the teams considered seriously to create a robotic bee colony. Now these teams worked on a swarm of tiny RoboBees- flying-bee size robots- that could pollinate flowers and do the job of real bees if needed.