facebook
twitter
rss
account
search
search
 

Fly robot inspired by da Vinci

Aug. 30, 2011 at 4:30 AM   |   Comments

MILAN, Italy, Aug. 30 (UPI) -- The creators of a fly-like robot with a 1.18-inch wingspan on display in Italy said they were inspired by Leonardo da Vinci's research from the Renaissance.

Robert Wood, the Harvard University researcher who designed the robot, and U.S. aerospace engineer David Doman, who designed the flight mechanism, are showing off their creation this week at the triennial meeting of the International Federation of Automated Control in Milan, ANSA reported Monday.

The robot, which aims to replicate the shape and movements of a fly, was inspired by da Vinci's studies on flight.

"Leonardo da Vinci's dreams are coming true," IFAC president Alberto Isidori said. "This is the first concrete example of a wing-flap aircraft capable of mimicking the performance of a moving helicopter."

The creators of the robot said their project has received funding from the U.S. Department of Defense.

Topics: Robert Wood
© 2011 United Press International, Inc. All Rights Reserved. Any reproduction, republication, redistribution and/or modification of any UPI content is expressly prohibited without UPI's prior written consent.
Recommended UPI Stories
Featured UPI Collection
trending
2014: The Year in Music [PHOTOS]

2014: The Year in Music [PHOTOS]

Most Popular
1
Miss Colombia hopeful disqualified for showing underboob
2
See the 4-inch dog that may be England's smallest
3
Stolen Obama statue discovered with six-pack of Twisted Tea in Pa. park
4
Video shows aquarium beluga either playing with children or begging for help
5
Watch outraged parent rip Calif. school district for 'forcing' special needs students to recycle
Trending News
Video
x
Feedback