Inspired by the aerial abilities of birds, bats and insects, researchers are crafting a new generation of ultralight drones that lack propellers and are equipped with flapping wings
Forget props and fixed wings. New bio-inspired drones mimic birds, bats and bugs.
- These tiny flying machines may be flitting unobtrusively over the landscape, collecting weather data, monitoring traffic, inspecting construction sites and more.
- Farmers can use them to pollinate crops and law enforcement agencies could use them for search and rescue and to conduct surveillance.
- These so-called bio-inspired drones may become available for personal use, flying inside homes and outside them, shooting photos and videos etc.
- Experts say the flying machines will be able to perform tasks without disturbing or endangering people or property.