TORONTO: Canadian researchers have developed the world’s first flying micro-robot that can manipulate objects, particularly during surgeries, for micro-scale applications.
The invention provides researchers with more control over micro-scale manipulation, allowing them to move and place tiny objects with far greater precision, said Waterloo University- where an engineering research team developed the device.
In a statement Wednesday, it said the tiny new gravity-defying device can manipulate tiny objects at levels that are too small to be manipulated by humans.
Called the flying MicroElectroMechanical Systems (MEMS) robot, the device defies the force of gravity by flying or levitating, powered by a magnetic field.
It moves around and manipulates objects with magnets attached to micro-grippers, remotely controlled by a laser-focusing beam, the university statement said.
The tiny device’s micro-manipulation will be useful in micro-assembly of mechanical components, handling of biological samples and even micro-surgery, it added.
“We have developed a magnetically levitated micro-robot, which is a new technology for manipulation using flying micro-robots,” said Behrad Khamesee, research leader and professor of mechanical and mechatronics engineering, who is skilled in developing micro-scale devices using magnetic levitation.
I tend to be a little too enthusiastic about tech that appears to be leading to the kind of singularity described here. But a dream I had last night – about assassins beaming hypochondriacal delusions into my head via subdermal implanted chip, in an attempt to get me to the hospital to bump me off – might be a sign that I have some subconscious doubts.
Or it could be a side-effect of the malaria medicine I just took…?