A robot inspired by centipedes has no trouble finding its footing

Thursday, June 1, 2023 - 11:03 in Mathematics & Economics

Centipedes' undulating movements can sometimes improve robot mobility. Deposit Photos Last month, engineers at Georgia Institute of Technology unveiled a creepy, crawly centipede-inspired robot sporting a plethora of tiny legs. The multitude of extra limbs wasn’t simply meant to pay homage to the arthropods, but rather to improve the robot’s maneuverability across difficult terrains while simultaneously reducing the number of complicated sensor systems. Not to be outdone, a separate team of researchers at Japan just showed off their own biomimetic “myriapod” robot which leverages natural environmental instabilities to move in curved motions, thus reducing its computational and energy requirements. [Related: To build a better crawly robot, add legs—lots of legs.] As detailed in an article published in Soft Robotics, a team at Osaka University’s Mechanical Science and Bioengineering department recently created a 53-inch-long...

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