Robots Built to Imitate Animals’ Movements

Published by , May 29, 2017 12:29 pm

(Recode.net) Robot makers are turning to animals to help them understand how to build a machine that can travel over Earth’s diverse terrain. Robots have been built to imitate the dash of a cheetah, the dexterousness of an opossum’s tail and the manipulative grasp of a human hand. For example: RHex is a cockroach-inspired hexapedal robot designed to be able to wander over uneven ground. Boston Dynamics has invented a cheetah-inspired running robot
“Almost any animal you can imagine has been used as inspiration for robots,” says Aaron Johnson, a roboticist and professor of mechanical engineering at Carnegie Mellon University. That’s because animals — including humans — are good at doing things that roboticists would like their machines to do, like picking things up, jumping or maneuvering over rubble.”

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