In her talk at TED, Sarah Bergbreiter head of the Maryland Microrobotics Laboratory at the University of Maryland gives an overview of research conducted in her lab. The goal is to make autonomous micro-robots, as small as a grain of rice, embedding all they need for locomotion. Insects are their source of inspiration. The results are amazing, such as this four millimeter robot capable of jumping several centimeters, thanks to micro-springs. The team’s record is a robot jumping 80 times its height! In their attempts to embed a motor, they came up with the astonishing solution to use a kind of micro-rockets to propulse a tiny robot.