Leaping lizards inspire new robot design

from gizmag.com

Leaping lizards inspire new robot design

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13:53 January 5, 2012

For some time now, scientists have assumed that dinosaurs’ tails didn’t simply drag on the group behind them, but were instead held out to serve as a counterweight for the giant reptiles’ heavy front ends when running. More recently, however, researchers from the University of California, Berkeley, have discovered that modern-day lizards also use their tails to control the orientation of their bodies when leaping through the air. It’s a discovery that could be applied to devices such as search-and-rescue robots, and in fact already has been. Based on their observations, the UC Berkeley team created a small, tailed robot known as Tailbot. . . read complete report

Youtube video: UC Berkeley Leaping Lizard & Robot

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