DEAnsect – an elastic insect robot that can withstand a swatter

DEAnsect – an elastic insect robot that can withstand a swatter

Research in the field of robotics is very important and useful, especially the development of miniature robots that together are able to perform fairly complex tasks, working in places of natural disasters, technological disasters, etc. To do this, such robots must be very reliable, and researchers from the Swiss Federal Polytechnic University of Lausanne (Swiss Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne, EPFL) seem to have managed to realize all this to the fullest. The elastic insect robot they created is able to recover from impacts and continue to fulfill the task assigned to it.

The weight of the new insect robot does not exceed one gram, it is moved using polymer artificial muscles (dielectric elastomer actuators, DEA), which formed the basis of its name – DEAnsect.


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