…but non-lepidopterists will probably be hard-pressed to figure that out just by looking at it. The video rates high on the jaw-dropping scale. The ChouChou electric butterfly is, in fact, a lepidoteroid robot, of sorts, from Japanese firm Tenyo Magic. It perches, flexes and flaps its wings, and flutters around its jar when disturbed. Preorderable now from [via NOTCOT]

Sean Michael Ragan

Sean Michael Ragan

I am descended from 5,000 generations of tool-using primates. Also, I went to college and stuff. I am a long-time contributor to MAKE magazine and My work has also appeared in ReadyMade, c’t – Magazin für Computertechnik, and The Wall Street Journal.

  • Solarbotics

    Looks like it’s using a transparent tube off the bottom of the butterfly that hits bottom and coils back up to the top. I think they’re using a wire-in-tube to power the wings from a motor mounted on the underside of the lid.

    THAT’s really realistic… WANT (to try building) ONE.