When looking for fresh ideas, look to nature for inspiration. That is what scientists have been doing, hence insect-inspired drones are on the rise.
In a special issue of the journal Bioinspiration and Biomimetics, 14 research teams released a number of new experimental drone designs, which reportedly possess exquisite flight control and can overcome many of the problems drones may face when navigating urban terrain. The researchers said they took their design cues from nature, by closely examining animals such as birds, bats, insects — and even land dwelling snakes. Read more:
The idea of borrowing designs from nature is far from new, particularly when it comes to flight. “Nature has a several-hundred-million-year lead time on us when it comes to great design,” says Peter Singer, a fellow at the Washington, D.C.–based Brookings Institution. “The robots you know tomorrow are going to look like nothing you know today. More likely, they will look like the animals around you.” Read more at