Category: Robotics

Snake-inspired robot uses kirigami to move

Researchers developed a soft robot inspired by snakeskin that crawls without any rigid components. The soft robotic scales are made using kirigami — an ancient Japanese paper craft that relies on cuts, rather than origami folds, to change the properties of a material. As the robot stretches, the flat kirigami surface is transformed into a 3-D-textured surface, which grips the ground just like snakeskin.

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The Robots Will See You Now

For more than a decade biomimetic technology has put robots alongside animals to better understand the motives and impulses of animal behavior: understanding social behaviors such as leadership, fear, challenge and even ‘courtship’.

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