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BOLT Flies, Crawls and Sounds Like a Regular Critter

By: Omar Yusuf - Published: • References: robotics.eecs.berkeley.edu and gizmodo
BOLT (or 'Bipedal Ornithopter for Locomotion Transitioning,' if you prefer) is the latest in a slew of insectoid inventions meant to imitate the natural animals that surround us. You thought a regular mosquito was a nuisance? After watching BOLT perform some loops, you'll be begging for the flyswatter.

Armed with four oversized wings and a set of minuscule legs, BOLT is capable of swooping in and around any designated location courtesy of its onboard GPS and guiding system. The researchers at the University of Berkeley have completed development on the android by reverse engineering common North American insects and replacing their organic thorax with digital components. The result is palm-sized digital gnat that follows your every beck and call. I can't help but imagine the possibility of attaching cameras to this autonomous bot -- it would be the most covert, concealed robot ever!