I wonder if they are working on a method to power the bee for actual flight. Of course it has no control system either at this point. Off to read more. Thanks to the poster for the link.
His website: http://erikdemaine.org
Intro to folding: http://erikdemaine.org/folding/
Indeed. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RyMdOT8YJgY Enjoy.
I especially love seeing the bee in operation. Does anyone know by what mechanism the motion is generated?
Edit: My best guess is piezoelectric actuators.
It has enough technology, primarily built-in circuitry to turn electric current into motive force, to show that more complicated robotics are possible.