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Robot ‘fly’ is big step for Harvard researchers

Harvard University researchers have for the first time replicated in a tiny, bug-like robot the agility of the common fly. With a gossamer body of microscale electronics, the penny-sized robot can lift off, hover, and maneuver — albeit only while tethered to a leash that supplies power and provides information about its location in mid-air.

“It’s the goal of creating the most agile manmade thing that’s ever existed,” said Rob Wood, an engineering professor at Harvard and the Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering.

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