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Jan 4, 2012
Lizard tail inspires agile robots
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University of California, Berkeley researchers have taken a cue from nature to design a robot that will stay upright when jumping in the air. After studying lizards, the researchers realized that the animals swing their tail up or down to counteract the forward pitch of the body and remain stable when leaping into the air. After building a tail on robotic car called “Tailbot,” scientists realized that the lizards actively adjust the tail angle to stay in the proper position. The discovery could lead to a new breed of agile search and rescue robots that are able to move easily over debris at emergency sites. Researchers plan use this same concept to design a robot that can remain stable while running.

Relevant Locations: Berkeley, CA, USA
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