Robot Inspired By Sea Turtles Uses Flippers to Navigate Tough Terrain



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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