biomimetic

  • Carnegie Mellon's Snakebot Does Its Tree-Climbing Trick Again

    We actually saw an earlier version of this snakebot do this same trick a couple years back, but its skills seem to have been improved somewhat, and this video is much better anyway. If you’re interested in terrifying biomimetic robots, the BioRobotics program’s webpage is probably going to be fun for you. Read More

  • Biomimetic jumpbot powered by buzzer motor


    I love this thing! And not just because I get to use the biomimetic tag. These French (?) researchers have created two different biomimetic robots: this jumping one and a phototaxic glider. Whose side will they be working for in the imminent Robocalypse? Maybe they’re looking for some hot government research contract action? The jumpbot is really extremely small, and it uses the same… Read More

  • DARPA throws $3.3m at biomimetic chembots


    You read that correctly. In yet another freaky-yet-awesome move by DARPA, a team at Tufts University has been awarded a $3.3 million contract to develop a breed of “chemical robots” based on the caterpillar form of Manduca sexta. With bodies made of bioengineered, environmentally-friendly polymers, they’d theoretically be able to fit through spaces as small as 1cm wide. Read More

  • Biomimetic sharktail wave-action harvester


    Now there are a few words you probably weren’t expecting to read today. I have to say I’m a little skeptical of this system; after all, sharks’ tails are part of a supremely aquadynamic design and are powered by enormous muscles, not the waves, though I’m sure the researchers are aware of that. The system is designed to oscillate in the current, driving against a… Read More