31 May '11, 4pm

Clever But Creepy Tree-Climbing Robot Mimicks Inchworms (Video): Image via YouTube video A new robot takes inch...

The inspiration for the robot's movements comes from the inchworm, as well as other arboreal animals. According to NewScientist , Treebot uses tactile sensors that can figure out a tree's shape to allow the robot to adjust its hold on the surface and navigate its way up tree trunks and over branches. As you can see from the video, it doesn't take long for the robot to feel around and know where it wants to grasp for the best hold. It can even take a payload up along with it. You'll notice that the movements are just like that of an inchworm.

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