Engineers at MIT
have added a new ability to existing flying robots – they can now glow when they flap their wings.
Inspired by fireflies,
this fluorescence could help with communication or tracking of the tiny, lightweight robots.
The new work builds on
the team’s previous developments with ultra-light flying robots that are fairly durable for their scale
When a voltage is applied,
the carbon electrodes squeeze the elastomer, which produces a mechanical strain that flaps the wing.
These actuators light up
when they’re working. This is done by incorporating zinc sulphate particles into the outermost elastomer layer.
The glow was added at
little cost to the robot, requiring just three percent more energy and adding 2.5 percent more weight overall.
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