HYBRID ROBOT TAKES A SWIM, THEN EXPLODES INTO FLIGHT

By on October 28, 2017

Hybrid robot takes a swim, then explodes into flight

A new hybrid robot, can take to the air even after plunging into water. And it might just the future of small robotics.

By John Wenz

In a study published in Science Robotics, researcher YuFeng Chen of Harvard and his coauthors outline the insect-inspired bot, which uses a combination of slick polymers and jets to propel itself easily out of water and back to the air.

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When the hybrid robot goes underwater, compartments within the body take in water, allowing this robo-bee it to sink. The robot then turn swater into hydrogen and oxygen, which it uses to propel itself back up to the air.

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