High-jumping beetle inspires agile robots

Machines could get themselves out of a sticky spot, thanks to an insect that can right itself without using its legs.

A beetle that can launch itself spectacularly into the air after falling on its back — flipping right side up without having to use its legs — could inspire a new generation of smart robots.

Imagine a rescue robot vaulting its way through a disaster zone riddled with obstacles, or a planetary robot extricating itself from an unexpected tumble on Mars. Each might use a trick or two learnt from the click beetles, a family of insects with the unique ability to catapult themselves out of trouble continue reading

 

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