Scientists have designed a tiny insect-sized robot smaller than the tiniest of paperclips and can both fly and swim. This latest invention allows the creation of future robotics that allows them to travel both by air and water. The robot runs on foil-like wings that allow the robots’ structure to stay afloat in both air and water, and it can also allow large-sized robots of the same design to carry objects underwater. The vehicles have sails that allow the robots to drift and minimize the amount of surface area to minimize drag to a great extent.
The Insect Sized Robot
The robots have been modeled after puffins. The engineers from Harvard University’s John A Paulson School of Engineering of Applied Science took up the idea after studying how puffins travel.
One of the biggest hindrances was getting the surface tension, and once that was taken care of by using an automatic mechanism, the insect robot was made possible.