With the incredible popularity of drones, flying robots are hardly anything new, but the 'Bat Bot' nonetheless expands the possibilities for what aerial robots are capable of. Rather than simply flying, the Bat Bot flies by mimicking the key flight mechanisms of a bat, giving it the potential to offer unrivaled agility with significantly less energy.
The Bat Bot was developed by researchers at Caltech and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. It weighs just 93 grams despite having an approximately one-foot long wingspan. It is able to achieve such a low weight thanks to its soft, stretchy wing membrane and its impressively designed articulations. While living bats have over 40 joints in their wings, Bat Bot has just nine.
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