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Korean scientists have introduced an unusual model of robot-like insect.
When a ladybug flies, its wings reveals a tenth of a second. This physiology makes these colorful little beetles are a source of inspiration for the creation of flying robots. Scientists from the Research center of robotics, Seoul national University in South Korea, were able to construct a model similar to this insect, says “Popular mechanics”.
Wings developed by the University team on the prototype of our lady ladybugs, durable in flight and can be folded up like origami as soon as the robot touches the ground. These lightweight and compact technology could make future versions of robots ideal candidates for search and rescue or reconnaissance missions.
The key to the rapid rise of the insect are unusual veins on the wings with a slightly curved shape that allows them to store energy in the elastic deformation when they are bent, then release it when the wings are disclosed. Curved veins also make the wings rigid in flight, just as the tape measure stays straight when it is stretched.
The team of engineers were able to simulate a 30 inch cloth wings with a plastic artificial veins, and attach them to the robotic insects. The veins may open up in 116 milliseconds, and to carry out such wings are capable of the weight 150 times their own.
One of the special advantages of robot ladybugs is that he can remove his wings to the side, folding them. This allows him to jump or crawl when he is not in the air. The creators of the plans to upgrade future generations of robots that will be controlled by artificial intelligence for a more Autonomous movement.