Insect-Inspired Drones on the Rise

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:

David Lentink, assistant professor of mechanical engineering from Stanford University (SU), explained:

“Flying animals can be found everywhere in our cities. From scavenging pigeons to alcohol-sniffing fruit flies that make precision landings on our wine glasses, these animals have quickly learnt how to control their flight through urban environments to exploit our resources.” - See more at:

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

“Flying animals can be found everywhere in our cities. From scavenging pigeons to alcohol-sniffing fruit flies that make precision landings on our wine glasses, these animals have quickly learnt how to control their flight through urban environments to exploit our resources.” – See more at: http://www.occupycorporatism.com/home/next-gen-insect-drones-built-navigate-urban-cities/#sthash.ArsNnE3k.dpuf

 

David Lentink, assistant professor of mechanical engineering from Stanford University (SU), explained – See more at: http://www.occupycorporatism.com/home/next-gen-insect-drones-built-navigate-urban-cities/#sthash.ArsNnE3k.dpuf

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