Meet the tiny drones that could one day do the work of insects


Tiny aerial robots developed by MIT researchers could be the first step towards a new generation of miniature, agile and particularly resilient drones. — AFP Relaxnews

Researchers in the US have unveiled a new generation of tiny, and particularly agile and shock-resistant drones. This kind of aerial robot could help pollinate certain crops instead of insects, some of which are now endangered.

Research into flying robots, led by assistant professor Kevin Yufeng Chen from Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), has given rise to a system echoing the behaviour of insects. In fact, this tiny drone has the size and the agility of a living insect. One day, these miniature aerial robots could be used to pollinate crops, among other things.

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