The great Robots Podcast is especially worth listening to this week. From the description:
Robots: Controlled Flight of Insect-sized Robots - mp3
In this episode we hear from researchers at the Harvard Microrobotics Lababout the Science paper published today reporting on the first controlled flight of an insect-sized robot. The amazing high-speed video below shows the robot taking off, hovering in place and steering left and right. This work is part of theRobobees project that aims to make swarms of insect robots. You can read our full coverage on Robohub.
Kevin Ma, Pakpong Chirarattananon and Sawyer Fuller
Kevin Ma and Pakpong Chirarattananon are graduate student researcher at the Harvard Microrobotics Lab working with Prof. Robert Wood (listen to Wood’s podcast here). Kevin studies the design and manufacturing of very small-scale robots while Pakpong’s work focuses on flight control strategies for flapping wing robots. Sawyer Fuller is a postdoctoral researcher with experience in the control and sensing of biological and robotic flies.