You may have seen drones that behave like bees, but drones the size of bees are another matter. How do you help it navigate when virtually any conventional computing power would be too heavy and power-hungry? Make it incredibly tiny, that’s how. MIT scientists have developed a new navigation chip, Navion, that’s small enough (about 0.03 square inches) and power efficient enough (24mW) that it can fit in a honeybee-sized drone, yet powerful enough to process camera images at 171 frames per second.
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