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September 8, 2023

Insect-inspired RoboFly

The RoboFly, an insect-inspired bugbot weighing just 150 milligrams, has a breakthrough flight control and wind sensing system that uses accelerometers. Accelerometers measure the airspeed of a flying object by sensing drag-induced acceleration. The idea was inspired by observations that flies use their antennae to sense the wind and control their flight.

[Research supported by U.S. National Science Foundation grant ECCS 2054850.]

Learn more in the NSF Science Matters story Bugbots could achieve big things. (Date of image: 2016; date originally posted to NSF Multimedia Gallery: Sept. 8, 2023)

Credit: University of Washington

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