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World's Smallest Mite-Go-Round
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World's Smallest Mite-Go-Round

Two dust mites taking a spin atop an optical shutter running at low speed. The mites' limbs are flailing due to the slickness of the silicon wafer.

Aphid on Micromirror
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Aphid on Micromirror

This aphid (considerably larger than the dust mites) crosses a micromirror, catching his feet on suspension springs as he travels. Note the mirror still operates after being bug-stomped.

Spider Mite Crossing Large Gear
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Spider Mite Crossing Large Gear

This spider mite is on construction duty; as he crosses the large wheel, he leaves a gear guide for future assembly. Silly bug – doesn't he know that these systems are batch fabricated and no assembly is required?!

Spider Mite Riding Large Wheel
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Spider Mite Riding Large Wheel

This spider mite decides to ride the large wheel as it reverses directions.

Spider Mite Test
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Spider Mite Test

This micromirror continues to be operational even after being tested by the spider mite.

High Speed, Low Drag
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High Speed, Low Drag

This clip shows that Sandia MEMS motors can rotate large wheels and drive a substantial load (the spider mite), all at very high speeds. Future wheels may include spider mite handrails.

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