Microbot Walks on Water
The Harbin Institute of Technology and the Natural Science Foundation of China have developed a new and improved microbot that mirrors water striders. This one is faster, cheaper and more agile than previous generations and may someday be used for spying or inspections. About the size of a quarter, the diminutive bot has ten water-walking superhydrophobic wire legs and two movable, oval legs that are powered by two tiny DC motors. It can walk, turn and stand motionless on surfaces.
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Posted by Sheila Franklin at August 1, 2011 11:50 AM