Japanese Professor Creates Robot Hummingbird
Chiba University's Biomimetics Professor H. Liu has created a robot version of a hummingbird which may be eventually used for search missions in disaster areas or war zones.
Chiba University’s Biomimetics Professor H. Liu has created a robot version of a hummingbird. Weighing only 2.6 grams (0.09 oz) and controlled by IR sensors, the robot is able to fly for an estimated 6 minutes. It contains a micromotor, carbon fiber frame, and plastic wings which enable it to fly at a maximum altitude of 10 meters Professor H. Liu is working on enabling the robot hover in place, since it is supposed to truly mimic a hummingbird.