April 24, 2013

Robot Inspired By Sea Turtles Uses Flippers to Navigate Tough Terrain

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Robots inspired by the animal kingdom are already being designed to mimic plenty of creatures, from speedy cheetahs to slithering serpents. Now, researchers are welcoming yet another bio-inspired robot to join the menagerie: a 'bot built to emulate the movements of baby sea turtles.

In a new study published in Bioinspiration and Biomimetics, a team of physicists and engineers out of Georgia Tech and Northwestern University shared progress on "FlipperBot," a robot designed to emulate the strategy employed by young sea turtles in order to traverse both firm terrain and sand with equal ease.

 

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