UW lab builds flying microbot

WATERLOO – The University of Waterloo’s Microbot-cropped.jpgMaglev (magnetically levitated) Microrobotics Laboratory achieves a scientific breakthrough with the creation of the world’s first flying microbot. The prototype machine, dubbed MicroElectroMechanicalSystems (MEMS), is capable of manipulating objects too small for humans to work with accurately. MEMS can be mobilized in projects on a miniature scale, to manipulate tiny mechanical or biological objects using a set of magnetically attached microgrippers. It flies by using magnetic levitation guided by a laser-focussing beam, and can operate in sterile or hazardous environments. Click here for further information about MEMS and the Maglev Microrobotics Laboratory.

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