This micro-mechanical flying insect from UC Berkeley will be amazing, once it gets off the ground. Its design is based on a real blowfly. The researchers working on it told me they expect it to be ready for take off in the next couple of years! And they gave me an acrylic model of the robofly as a souvenir!!! Link
David Pescovitz is Boing Boing's co-editor/managing partner. He's also a research director at Institute for the Future. On Instagram, he's @pesco.