Scientists build cheetah-cub robot and other nature-inspired machines

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Wednesday, June 19, 2013

NationalGeographic: An experimental cheetah-cub robot, currently covering new ground for scientists learning how to make four-legged robots move more efficiently.

Many animals are uniquely adapted to survive and thrive in different environments around the world—and robot designers have taken notice. Biomimetics—the science of engineering robots, materials, and systems inspired by natural design—has created a mechanical menagerie of animal-inspired robots that climb, fly, swim, and slither. Here are a few highlights.

 

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