Flight of the tiny robo-fly: World's smallest drone weighs less than a gram and navigates using light-sensitive 'eyes'

From large military unmanned aircraft to cheap and cheerful quadcopters, drones are becoming increasingly diverse. Now, a robot the size of a fly is set to become the world’s smallest. 

The robo-fly has a carbon fibre body weighing just 106mg – a fraction of a gram – and a pair of flapping wings powered by electronic ‘muscles.’ While it may be small, it could prove mighty useful as it is designed to be used in search and rescue operations, because it can squeeze through tiny spaces in collapsed rubble.

The diminutive drone could also be used to monitor environmental conditions and even pollinate crops in the future. It is powered and controlled using a lightweight tether wire and can perform agile manoeuvres like insects. … (Read more)

The robo-fly (pictured) is the smallest drone in the world and has a carbon fibre body weighing just 106mg - a fraction of a gram - and a pair of flapping wings powered by electronic muscles

Source: DailyMail.co.uk