This Bat Bot thrills with amazing aerial acrobats

Feb 02, 2017, 5:33 AM EST
Bat Bot can fly, turn and swoop like its real-life counterpart.
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According to a study published in the journal Science Robotics, the researchers at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and Caltech have created a flying robot that mimics the impressive acrobatics of bats. Named “Bat Bot,” the robot features a light-weight carbon-fiber skeleton, a silicone-based membrane for wings, micro-motors and a tiny computer that guides its navigation as it flies, turns and swoops like its real-life counterpart.

The development, which involves reverse-engineering a bat’s unrivaled agility, is a major headway in aerial robotics, says Soon-Jo Chung, associate professor of aerospace at Caltech, notes Seeker.

The 93-gram bot gets rid of sharp blades like the ones in other aerial devices, which makes it entirely safe for objects or people falling in its path. Outlining its potential applications, researchers said the Bat Bot could serve as “aerial service robots at home or in hospitals” or be employed “to supervise construction sites,” writes Live Science.