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Published on Mar 18, 2011
Insects rely primarily on asymmetric wing motions to stabilize and steer. This video clip shows a robotic device demonstrating asymmetric stroke amplitudes, just one of the many parameters of wing motion insects can vary. The publication, "Distributed power and control actuation in the thoracic mechanics of a robotic insect" by Ben Finio and Robert Wood of the Harvard Microrobotics Lab, is available at the Journal of Bioinspiration and Biomimetics: http://iopscience.iop.org/1748-3190/5...
The Harvard Microrobotics Lab is part of the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS, seas.harvard.edu) at Harvard University and the Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering (wyss.harvard.edu).