Festo, a German robotics company has designed eMotionButterflies, this robot looks and move like a real thing.
It weighs about 32 grams and has a battery life for four minutes of flight.
The wings are made from elastic capacitor films supported by thin carbon rods.
The butterflies are part of a swarming robotic system.
Drones with a wingspan of 50 centimeters are coordinated around a room without bumping each other, objects and the walls.
There are ten high speed infrared cameras around the room where the bionic butterflies fly. The cameras track infrared markers on each bionic butterfly and will forward the information to the master computer which then coordinates the movements of the butterflies so that they don’t crash.
They were developed to show how light weight and small the drones can be, and they are not for sale.
Festo writes on its website, “The eMotionButterflies impress with an intelligently employed mechanical system and the smallest possible power units in the tightest space. The reduced use of materials enables the true-to-nature flying behavior.”