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Cockroaches: The key to climbing robots, because we're too hard to copy

Insects are a better model for building robots than humans. Image: REUTERS/Yves Herman (BELGIUM - Tags: ANIMALS SCIENCE TECHNOLOGY)

Dom Galeon

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Mechanically mediated control in human technologies. (a) Dynamic Autonomous Sprawled Hexapod Robot (DASH) [19] performing a rapid head-first impact transition with no sensory input. Its robust construction enables it to perform high-speed manoeuvres without suffering damage while approaching the wall at over 80 cm s−1. (b) Volkswagen Beetle after incurring significant damages during a frontal impact crash test (Courtesy: Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, www.iihs.org). A typical coefficient of restitution for a front automobile bumper is ≈0.3 or 91% energy absorption. (c) Miniature (7 g) jumping robot [33] with self-recovery capabilities enabled by the robust exoskeletal cage. (d) Gimball robot with passive exoskeletal cage to use collisions for manoeuvring in cluttered environments [34]. (e) Airburr [35], an indoor flying robot designed specifically to withstand collision and self-manoeuvre using a shock-absorbing exoskeleton. (f) Insect inspired mechanically resilient multicopter [36] whose frame can undergo large deformations without permanent damage during collisions.
Mechanically mediated control in human technologies. Image: Jayaram, K., et al./Journal of the Royal Society Interface

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