The first and foremost flying robot that is able to manipulate objects particularly at the time of surgery has been developed by Canadian researchers for micro-scale application.
This invention enables researchers to gain more control over “micro-scale manipulation’ and also allowing the researchers to place and move tiny objects with much greater precision. The device has been developed by a research team in engineering from University of Waterloo.
The “tiny new gravity- device” can be used to manipulate tiny objects that are very small for humans to manipulate.
The device, known as the flying Micro-Electoral Mechanical Systems (MEMS) robot, tends to defy the force of gravity by levitating or flying and powered by magnetic field.
The robot moves around and manipulates objects with the help of magnets attached to micro-grippers. It is remotely controlled by a “laser-focusing beam” claims the university.
The device will also be useful in the micro-assembly of mechanical components, micro-surgery and will be able to handle biological samples. Research leader Behrad Khamesee, a research leader and professor of mechnotronics and mechanical engineering and who is also adept at developing micro-scale devices with usage of magnetic levitation said,” We are the first in the world to make such floating robot equipped with micro-grippers. It can enter virtually any space and can be operated in a sealed enclosure by a person outside, which makes it useful for handling bio-hazardous materials or working in vacuum chambers and clean rooms.”
According to the university statement the magnetic levitation is used to position the micro-robot in a three dimensional spice while employing a magnetic drive mechanism externally. This mechanism controls the magnetic field using feedback from the position spensors in order for the micro-robot to be positioned.