11 Aug '12, 3am

Robotic Earthworm, Soft Autonomous Robot Moves Like An Earthworm (VIDEO)

Robotic Earthworm, Soft Autonomous Robot Moves Like An Earthworm (VIDEO)

“The robot is named ‘Meshworm’ for the flexible, meshlike tube that makes up its body. Researchers created ‘artificial muscle’ from wire made of nickel and titanium — a shape-memory alloy that stretches and contracts with heat. They wound the wire around the tube, creating segments along its length, much like the segments of an earthworm. They then applied a small current to the segments of wire, squeezing the mesh tube and propelling the robot forward. The team recently published details of the design in the journal IEEE/ASME Transactions on Mechatronics.”

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