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Wednesday, May 21, 2008

A biomimetic jumping microrobot

jumping microbot Researchers from the Laboratory of Intelligent Systems at EPFL created a microrbot, they are unveiling this grasshopper-inspired jumping robot at the IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation May 21 in Pasadena, California. This robot weighs a miniscule 7 grams, and can jump 1.4 meters or more than 27 times its body size.

To make use of, this robot can be fitted out with tiny sensors to explore rough, inaccessible terrain or to aid in search and rescue operations. "This biomimetic form of jumping is unique because it allows micro-robots to travel over many types of rough terrain where no other walking or wheeled robot could go," explains EPFL Professor Dario Floreano. "These tiny jumping robots could be fitted with solar cells to recharge between jumps and deployed in swarms for extended exploration of remote areas on Earth or on other planets." [via EurekAlert]

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