Anette Hosoi, MIT Associate Professor, has a fascination with snails to the point that she collects them for her students to study how they can walk on any surface, whether it is sideways, backwards, forwards, or upside down. After studying the slime, she asked them to design robots that can do likewise. The RoboSnail was the result of the project. It has rippling, moveable segments on a layer of synthetic snail sludge and can go anywhere its living counterpart can. Anette is hoping that the bot can be used for invasive surgery or going underground in places that may be difficult for humans.
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Posted by Sheila Franklin at July 10, 2008 8:08 PM