Researchers Develop Robotic Bat that Mimics Flight of Biological Bats

Published by , February 6, 2017 12:31 pm

(ScienceDaily)  Researchers at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and Caltech have developed a self-contained robotic bat dubbed Bat Bot (B2)–with soft, articulated wings that can mimic the key flight mechanisms of biological bats.
Bats have the most sophisticated powered flight mechanism among animals, as evidenced by the shape-changing capability of their wings. Their flight mechanism involves more than 40 types of joints that interlock the bones and muscles to one another creating a musculoskeletal system that can change shape and is capable of movement in multiple independent directions.

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