Friday, September 4, 2009

Beware Of Robot Fleas

UPPSALA, Sweden (Wireless Flash - FlashNews) – If you see a flea roaming around, watch out, because it might be a tiny robot.

Swedish researchers have been working on building an army of flea-sized robots called the I-SWARM, designed to do a variety of tasks like surveillance, cleaning, and helping during medical procedures.

Erik Edqvist, a PhD student at Uppsala University in Sweden, is currently heading the creation of these solar-powered, four- millimeter robots.

He says the tiny machines were created to be as bug-like as possible, collecting information and coming together to form a super flea robot, and thinks they’re paving the way for the future of animal-shaped androids.

Edqvist explains, “There are cool experiments going on with flying insects, swimming robots, and so on. But it’s time for the miniaturized robots to leave the research laboratories and find useful applications.”

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