Dr. Leif Ristroph from New York University's Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences created this adorable little four-winged robot prototype with the shape and flight pattern reminiscent of a jellyfish. Ristroph and his colleagues at NYU believe the design could potentially improve the surveillance/search mission and atmospheric monitoring capabilities of robots.
The design should be especially useful for making centimetre-scale robots that drift through the air. It is quite robust - it can crash into objects while remaining unharmed - and with a weight of 2 grams it easily gets carried by a breeze, which could be an advantage. "We could use this type of robot to float around and take measurements, for example to monitor carbon dioxide concentrations in the atmosphere," says Ristroph.
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