Explosion-propelled robot, thankfully it is tiny

Cornell’s Organic Robotics Lab, led by Robert F. Shepherd, detailed a 29mm, 1.6g insect-scale robot powered by a 325mg, penny-sized, methane-oxygen combustion actuator in a 14 September Science article. Achieving 59cm jumps, 750,000 cycles, 9.5 newtons, and 100 cycles/second, it uses off-board components, indicating robust micro-robotics.

This is an exciting milestone in micro-robotics. It will be fascinating to watch how the capabilities of tiny robots evolve in the coming years and what new beneficial applications may emerge from these advances.

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