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Sarah Bergbreiter: Why I make robots the size of a grain of rice

Sarah Bergbreiter: Why I make robots the size of a grain of rice
By studying the movement and bodies of insects such as ants, Sarah Bergbreiter and her team build incredibly robust, super teeny, mechanical versions of creepy crawlies … and then they add rockets. See their jaw-dropping developments in micro-robotics, and hear about three ways we might use these little helpers in the future. This talk was presented at an official TED conference, and was featured by our editors on the home page.

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