January 29, 2009

Beetle Larvae Movements Model for Robot

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Sung Kwon Cho from Pitt's Swanson School of Engineering at the University of Pittsburgh has come up with a propulsion system based on the movements of beetle larvae. The creatures can rest without sinking because of the tension and bend their bodies down to move forward. Cho's system is low-powered, needs little maintenance and has non-moving parts. They are planning on using the technology in robots and tiny boats. Check out PhysOrg to see it in action.

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Posted by Sheila Franklin at January 29, 2009 9:50 AM
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