One of the most interesting drone developments in recent memory has been the Robobee, the product of ten years of development by scientists at Harvard.
This tiny, incredibly advanced drone has been put through the tests and it is proving to be one of the most promising advancements. The physical design of the drone is absolutely incredible. The drone weighs just 80 milligrams and has wings that flap 120 times per second, replicating the movement of a bee in nature. Essentially, this is the first working model of a man-made flying insect.
The implications of this development mean that it could be used in a wide variety of situations. This could be for search and rescue, monitoring the environment, pollinating crops artificially, and a much, much more. Essentially, these could be used in almost industry and in some cases even replace the natural jobs that bees do, in a world where bees have rapidly been dying off in some areas. According to Harvard, the goal is to have these drones act as a colony of sorts, with the ability to “talk” to each other and rely on the other drones in order to plan out their services.
Harvard hasn’t finished testing these drones, but they are hopeful about the future applications. Stay tuned to this story as it grows closer to a wider release.