One Robot Shaped like a tiny beetle and weighing 88 milligrams, the equivalent of three grains of rice, it will be included in the upcoming edition of the Guinness Book of Records as the world’s lightest crawler robot.
The device named “RoBeetle” – combining English words”Robot(robot) andbeetle(Beetle) – Created by Professor of Engineering Nestor O. Perez-Arancipbia, at Washington State University in the United States.
Even if it is very light, the robot is capable of performing a variety of tasks, such as climbing steep surfaces and moving objects up to 2.6 times its own weight. For this purpose, it is powered exclusively by the catalytic combustion of methanol.
Professor Perez Arancibia hopes his robots will one day be used to solve complex engineering problems, “similar to talented creatures like squids or mice, that can squeeze themselves like liquids into tight spaces.”
Although living organisms, especially insects, still outperform their robotic counterparts in almost every respect, he hopes to develop robots that are significantly better at simulating natural systems by the next decade.
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