Bat Wings Inspire New Drone Development

This release has made waves in the news: bat wings influencing the creation of new drones:

A team of researchers led by Professor Bharathram Ganapathisubramani at the University of Southampton, in England, have been experimenting with adjustable bat-inspired membrane wings that also vibrate as air passes over them. They’ve mounted these wings onto a micro air vehicle that uses them (along with ground effect) to zip across water fast and efficiently.

These membrane wings aren’t just flexible, they’re also controllable. They incorporate electroactive polymers that respond to voltage by changing the wing’s stiffness, allowing you to dynamically adjust the wing shape and “dramatically” altering their performance.

Read the full article at Creative Planet Network. Be warned, I am using Safari and had a lot of trouble getting the article to scroll correctly.