Robots inspired by nature

Nature has often been a source of inspiration in film and literature, but more recently, engineers have gotten into the natural trend, designing robots inspired by wildlife. This development demonstrates how our surrounding environment can influence human innovation and strengthens the interaction between humans and machines.

Scalybot 2

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Scalybot, a robot inspired by snakes that climbs inclined surfaces, was built by Georgia Institute of Technology's mechanical engineering graduate Hamid Marvi and his team. The objective of the research was to invent a robot with flexible movements that could be used as assistance systems for future rescue operations. After presenting their prototype to the American Physical Society in Boston, Scalybot 2 has been developed, featuring acceleration sensor to monitor movement and upgrades scales for better grip. Image: The Georgia Institute of Technology

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