Honeybees Inspire Robotics

    Published: 06-16-2009
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    Engineers are looking to how honeybees streamline flight to develop tiny flying insect robots.

    Researchers at the University of Queensland say the way honeybees streamline their bodies during flight, could be simulated to create flying insect robots.  They found that these bees lift their abdomen to reduce drag so they can fly at high speeds while using less energy.  That’s sorta what my trainer makes me do too.  Researchers found that they use both their antennae and eyes to calculate the best position of their abdomen for swift flight.   The antennae help the bee determine airflow and their eyes let’s them see how fast they are moving past their surroundings.  Researchers said using several senses to control their flight is more effective as it helps bees respond more quickly.