Roach Legs are the Future!

Posted 19 May 2003 at 22:59 UTC by The Swirling Brain Share This

SF Gate says that Stanford Researchers are trying to build robots that mimic the scampering of cockroaches using roach-like legs They say that robots with roach legs can get around better, are more stable, more mobile, and are less likely to get stuck than robots with wheels. Robots with wheels generally need a flat smooth surface but a robot with roach legs can scurry, jump, climb, and go many places that robots with wheels can't. Their robot, affectionately named Sprawlita, uses tiny pneumatics and an air tether to push it's wee little hexapod legs to allow it to walk. Sprawlita currently uses a Basic Stamp brain to help it to be autonomous. Of course everyone from Nasa to the Army, etc. are interested in them.

Other news to step through: Stanford News, Again Stanford News, Emily's Journal, Business Journal, CNN.

Other fun roach stuff: Have a roach for a pet! , Here's the old roboroach with the camera on his back controlled by electric shock stimuli!

At least we won't have to worry about..., posted 20 May 2003 at 18:58 UTC by earlwb » (Master)

At least we won't have to worry about baby roaches (larva or whatever their called). Robot roaches might be just the ticket, we can make them to be more cute than the real ones.

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