26 Jun '13, 12pm

German researchers build robotic ape

German researchers build robotic ape

We love bio-inspired robots. From sea turtles to salamanders and even the house cat , more and more of the animal kingdom is getting robot counterparts, and for good reason. Each animal or insect has its own special movements and behaviors that are inspiring new types of locomotion and other advances in robotics. German researchers have focused their efforts on creating a life-like robotic ape capable of moving just like the real thing, using its back feet and front knuckles, and what's cool about this bio-bot is that unlike many others based on large animals (we're looking at you DARPA cheetah ), the robotic ape walks forwards, backwards and side to side all without the aid of a tether. Phys.org reports, "Also new is the approach the team is taking in attempting to replicate the way a real ape moves. Each part of the body is seen as both a single entity and as a part of a...

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