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DARPA’s tiny robots to have a big impact on disaster relief

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DARPA’s tiny robots to have a big impact on disaster relief

tiny robots

The SHRIMP program seeks to advance the development of multi-functional mm-to-cm scale robotics platforms(Credit: DARPA)

Sometimes big problems require little robots, so DARPA has instituted a new program to advance the technologies needed to build micro-robots on the millimeter to centimeter scales. The goal is to produce new power, navigation, and control systems that would allow such microbots to enter and search the holes and crevices left by natural and manmade disasters that are too small and dangerous to be dealt with by human responders or larger robotic platforms….

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