COM-BAT is being developed by the University of Michigan after receiving a $10 million grant from the US Army.
The robot will be used in urban war zones to gather data such as sounds, sights and smells. University of Michigan researchers also hope to include sensors to detect nuclear radiation and poisonous gases.
The bat’s lithium battery will be powered by a technique they are calling “energy scavenging”. This includes getting power by wind, solar and vibrations.