10 Robots Inspired by Animals and Insects
Today's roboticists are increasingly looking to nature for inspiration, creating robots that move and behave with uncanny similarity to living animals. We've pulled together 10 of the most fascinating.
Shades of Terminator as PETMAN tests hazmat suit
Having already amazed the world three years earlier with the lifelike balancing capabilities of its quadruped BigDog, this would be the company's first bipedal robot ... be one of the most exciting robot events ever. The PETMAN project, funded by the ...
The Scars of Evolution
Goosebumps. Fitting neatly together with lanugo is the vestigial human trait called the pilomotor reflex. When a person is cold or frightened, tiny muscles at the base of each hair contract, causing body hair to stand on end. In animals with thicker fur ...
DARPA's CHEETAH smashes legged-robot speed record
It's been a very little over a year since Boston Dynamics was awarded a contract to develop a high-speed robotic quadruped ... CHEETAH has more in common with the cheetah than name alone, taking its cues from the big cat and other fast-running animals ...
Sauropod dinosaurs held their necks in high, raised postures
Taylor, Mathew Wedel and myself in which we make a bold and controversial claim: based on data from living animals, we contend that the necks ... of the head-neck movement system of quadrupedal and bipedal mammals. Journal of Anatomy 186, 55-74.