A bistable MEMS platform. The bistable MEMS platform converts a rotational input into an ortho-planar displacement and can maintain either it's up or down position without an input force due to bi-stability. The bistable MEMS platform generally includes three components. The first component is a pair of quadrantal bistable mechanisms (QBM). The second is a compliant version of a micro helico-kinematic platform (HKP) that serves to coordinate the motion of the QBM. The third component is an aerial platform, which is a variation of a scissor lift mechanism that attaches to the output of the QBM and amplifies the out-of-plane displacement.
Muñoz, Aaron A. and Lusk, Craig P., "Bistable aerial platform" (2012). USF Patents. 340.
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