The already fairly terrifying Robobees concept has taken on an extra new dimension. Harvard’s cabal of evil boffins have recently confirmed that their microscopic mechanical mites have now demonstrated the ability to swim; something real insects rarely manage. The project, an offshoot of Harvard’s School of Engineering & Applied Sciences, creates paperclip-sized robotic bee drones for agricultural and scientific uses. A new video released by the team shows the Robobees diving into shallow water and continuing to orient themselves from there.
Robobees were originally intended to mimic the functions of actual bees; that is to say pollination, migration and, we’d have to presume, ruining picnics, but they now have a surfeit of other applications which their designers are fairly excited about.
Watch the video foreshadowing their eventual takeover of the human race: