29 Nov '11, 4pm

Boneless Robot Inspired by Squishy Sea Creatures Walks on Soft Legs #robots #gadgets

Boneless Robot Inspired by Squishy Sea Creatures Walks on Soft Legs #robots #gadgets

When it comes to robots inspired by biomimicry, we usually see bots that are better at running like cockroaches , or climbling like geckos . But we haven't seen one that uses the soft, squishy movement of animals like squid and starfish. These animals were just the inspiration for researchers at Harvard, who came up with this freaky little robot that can walk, wiggle, and shimmy itself under surfaces. The BBC notes, "Professor George Whitesides, Robert Shepherd and their colleagues from Harvard University in Cambridge, US, said the work was inspired by animals such as squid and starfish that lack hard skeletons." Just like the animals that inspired it, this robot may seem basic at first yet it is anything but simple. The squishy robot can move along like an inchworm, moving the front half and then pulling the back half up behind it; it can get up on all fours and walk like...

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