These flying robots look like insects, but they won’t bite or sting. They’re drones designed to work in hard-to-reach spaces like the insides of big machines.
The robots weigh less than a paper clip! Like flying insects, the drones can hover and dart around. The newest version (above) can also withstand collisions with objects. “You can hit it when it’s flying, and it can recover,” says Kevin Chen, one of the engineers. “It can also do somersaults in the air.”
Chen hopes that one day the drones will be used as pollinators. Like bees, the drones could move pollen from one plant to another. Our food supply depends on insects pollinating crops. If insect populations seriously decline, pollinating drones might become important.