November 22, 2013
by Betsy Chapman
Summertime on campus is really different – because obviously there are fewer students, that is the time for construction projects and summer camps and conferences and so on. One day during the summer, I was walking to Starbucks at the ZSR Library and I swore I had seen some sort of giant, freakish bug hovering over the library. I tried to take a picture of it and the sunlight was such that I could not get a clear view. It was a lot bigger than an insect – more like the size of a hawk. Gone before I could figure out what it was.
I had sort of filed that odd instance under the #strangethingsyouseeoncampus hashtag and didn’t give it another thought. Until yesterday, when I saw on the WF homepage that the Physics department had created this crazy buglike thing.
“Soaring over a dense canopy of trees, a flying, insect-like robot developed by Wake Forest researchers will give an unprecedented look at Peru’s tropical cloud forest, one of the world’s most biodiverse ecosystems.” You can take a look at the full story here. There is some really cool research being done with using a drone to work with the rainforest canopy.
And this is the giant buglike drone.
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