30 Jun '13, 6pm

Robo Hamster Balls Could Help Our Farms Flourish #environment

Robo Hamster Balls Could Help Our Farms Flourish #environment

Ever watched a hamster inside an exercise ball and thought, “Wow, that could innovate farming?” No? Well Spanish researchers have. While facing the problem of how to monitor soil moisture levels in arable farms, Spanish scientists turned to the hamster for inspiration. It’s not the rodents’ cute faces or love of packing their cheek pouches that have cast an allure. No, it’s their love of exercise balls that caught the scientists’ attention. Specifically, the Robotics and Cybernetics Research Group from the Universidad Politecnica de Madrid became intrigued by how hamsters shift their weight to get their spherical exercise devices in motion, and how it allows them to turn corners with ease. It is precisely this idea that scientists have incorporated to make Rosphere, which they categorize as “A robot without wheels or legs which has a single spherical form that, literally, ...

Full article: http://www.care2.com/causes/robo-hamster-balls-could-help...

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