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.
Living the Scientific Life (Scientist, Interrupted)
The animal is repeatedly chased and tracked down until it is too exhausted to continue running. The hunter then kills it at close range with a spear. Narrated by David Attenborough.
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 ...
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.
Birds' "Crouching" Gait Born in Dinosaur Ancestors
Watch a bird's odd, bent-legged gait and you'll see an evolutionary adaptation born millions of years ago in its dinosaur ancestors while they ... If you look at an ostrich or an emu, you'll see a femur that's almost horizontal and very short."