Autonomous bat bot weighs 93g, flies like a bat

Posted on Thursday, February 9th, 2017 at 14:30


A team of roboticists from Caltech and Urbana-Champaign have built a biomimetic “bat bot” that uses nine joints to deform a foot-wide wing membrane to achieve breathtaking aerial maneuvers.

Biomimicry is a tough row to hoe: the weird solutions that are optimized by evolution have strange complexities that we rarely completely understand. But starting with nature’s designs can yield amazing results – as with the Bat Bot, where the bat’s normal complement of 40 joints have been replaced with a mere 9.

Looks like a bat, but that’s a pretty steep glide…