The Office of Advanced Research Projects of the US Department of Defense, it is DARPA, is going to develop tiny robots – up to one centimeter in size.
The project was named SHRIMP, and, unlike most other DARPA developments, civilian applications are supposed to be used here. In particular, the company believes that such robots will be irreplaceable at the site of major disasters – for example, earthquakes.
Larger robots and quadrocopters are not always effective because of their size, and a device several millimeters in size can be sent under the rubble to search for victims.
DARPA is going to test various materials and solutions to get rid of the current shortcomings of small robots – for example, low autonomy.