15 February 2017
Vol 2, Issue 3

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ONLINE COVER Some Batty Ideas Take Flight. Bat Bot (shown) is able to imitate several flight maneuvers of bats, such as bank turns and diving flight. Such agile flight is made possible by highly malleable bones and skin in bat wings. Ramezani et al. identified and implemented the most important bat wing joints by means of a series of mechanical constraints. They then designed feedback control for their flapping wing platform and covered the structure in a flexible silicon membrane. This biomimetic robot may also shed light on the role of bat legs to modulate flight pitch. [CREDIT: ALIREZA RAMEZANI]