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.
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 ...
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.
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."
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 ...