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[Physorg]In new mass-production technique, robotic insects spring to life

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A new technique inspired by elegant pop-up books and origami will soon allow clones of robotic insects to be mass-produced by the sheet.

Devised by engineers at Harvard, the ingenious layering and folding process enables the rapid fabrication of not just microrobots, but a broad range of electromechanical devices.

In prototypes, 18 layers of carbon fiber, Kapton (a plastic film), titanium, brass, ceramic, and adhesive sheets have been laminated together in a complex, laser-cut design. The structure incorporates flexible hinges that allow the three-dimensional product—just 2.4 millimeters tall—to assemble in one movement, like a pop-up book.

The entire product is approximately the size of a U.S. quarter, and dozens of these microrobots could be fabricated in parallel on a single sheet.

"The alignment is now better than we can currently measure," says Sreetharan. "I've verified it to better than 5 microns everywhere, and we've gone from a 15% yield to—well, I don't think I've ever had a failure."




WOW!

I am both amazed and terrified by this. Tiny insect-like spybots and killbots can now be mass produced by the thousand, instead of individually assembling them by hand, one by one. There are obviously a lot of "good" uses for this technology, but if history teaches us anything it is that all technology is eventually used for nefarious purposes. Better get some titanium-wire window screens to keep out these new "insects" I guess....

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Edited by Jagged_Steel - 2/16/12 at 10:22am
    
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this can be very very effective in future war ware. imaging swarms of them armed with poison needles inside an army camp lol. GG.
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But how is it powered??? My b if they said it in the video, no sound. frown.gif
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we are getting coser and clsoer to crazy stuff imagine a room filled with these things that could shoot out lasers that burn you instead of stinging lol
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this can be very very effective in future war ware. imaging swarms of them armed with poison needles inside an army camp lol. GG.

A couple weeks ago I started a thread about new self guided bullets and said:
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Not quite as scary as tiny insect-like drones that can fly into your ear and blow up, but pretty close. I had mentioned on a wargaming/history forum a few years back that self guided munitions were inevitable and got laughed at, when the technology was obviously around already for this sort of thing.

These types of micro-drones have been around for a while now, but the comment about them possibly being used en-masse in warfare (or against civilians of course) was always "Bah! They will never be able to produce them efficiently and cost -effectively enough to be a major factor"- etc. Guess what? Some genuises have figured out how to make these things by the sheet now.
    
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What is the likeliness of them creating hives outdoors and displacing the native flora?
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But how is it powered??? My b if they said it in the video, no sound. frown.gif

External power source. Appears to be the two connectors on the back end.
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This made me think of the robot bugs from minority report storming my house because I downloaded a song
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Pretty cool. The tech obviously still has some ground to cover but its exciting none the less.
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This made me think of the robot bugs from minority report storming my house because I downloaded a song

Now it is getting to the point where they would storm your house because you thought about downloading a song, and had't actually done it yet.
    
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