Scientists everywhere are buzzing with excitement! Scientists may have found the solution to the drastic decline in the honeybee population, which affects the global ecosystem and agriculture industry in a significant way. The situation has become so dire that a team of scientists from Harvard and Northeastern University have taken matters into their own hands to create the “Robobee”, a bee-sized robot that will be able to pollinate flowers.
Robobee uses microrobotic technology to mimic the behaviour of a real bee. The Robobee has flapping wings. It can also take off on its own power and it can be programmed to pitch and roll.
Here is a video of the RoboBee in action:
Ultimately, they hope that they can re-create the behaviour of a colony of bees. A large number of robots, as opposed to a single one, can increase the effectiveness and the frequency of pollination. In other words, more flowers can be targeted in a shorter time frame.
Besides pollination, the technology could be applied to other areas including: search and rescue, hazardous environmental exploration, climate mapping and traffic monitoring.
For more info on the RoboBees, visit: http://robobees.seas.harvard.edu/
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