See the robotic insect that flies and perches
Scientists have designed flying, insect-sized robots that can perch and launch from ceilings.
The robots use something called electrostatic adhesion, the same process by which statically-charged balloons stick to walls.
Perching allows the robots to conserve energy.
The findings, reported in the journal Science, contribute to a decade-long effort of the Harvard Microrobotics Laboratory.
Footage courtesy of M. A. Graule, S. B. Fuller, Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering/Harvard University
Video produced by Victoria Gill
20 May 2016
- From the section Science & Environment