Robot Mimics Cockroach Method of Escape
UC Berkeley scientists have been studying cockroaches' methods of escape. After studying one under a to camera they realized its hind legs grab the surface so that it can swing itself under a ledge, similar to the way that lizards with toenails do it. They then came up with a 6-legged robot named DASH (Dynamic Autonomous Sprawled Hexapod) with Velcro strips. They also gave it the insect's ability to rapidly run in reverse. The research is being studied for both military applications and rescue operations.
Via UC Berkeley News Center
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Posted by Sheila Franklin at June 12, 2012 11:05 AM