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Festo’s latest bio-inspired creations are a robo-bat and rolling robo-spider

Festo's flashy biomimetic robots are more or less glorified tech demos, but that doesn't mean they aren't cool. The engineering is still something to behold, although these robot critters likely won't

Humans sow seeds of destruction by abusing poor robot just trying to walk through a door

You may remember last week that Boston Dynamics' latest robot has learned to open doors. Seems like at this point you don't want to anger them. They will find you. Or rather, they'll find the company'

Robots will touch more tenderly when they wear this sensitive skin

Robots increasingly have to interact with ordinary (that is to say, human-focused) objects and environments, and part of that is imitating the extremely delicate and complex human grip. A new type of

The Envirobot robo-eel slithers along the shore for science

The next time you're swimming in Lake Geneva, don't be surprised when you feel something eel-like and yet artificial touch your leg. That would be Envirobot, the latest biomimetic creation from Swiss

Bat Bot is the biomimetic flying soft robot we deserve

If you've ever seen a bat in flight, you know how impressive their aerial acrobatics can be — so impressive that we have yet to successfully imitate it the way we have with locomotion or even bird f

Crocodile and lizard bots peep at their scaly peers for nature documentary

If you want to walk among the crocodiles, first you must become a crocodile, as the saying goes. But short of an Ace Ventura-style setup, a robot is probably your best bet if all you want is some swee

The Pleurobot robo-salamander crawls and swims like a real amphibian

The mad roboticists at the École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne have produced another biomimetic mechanoid — this one based on the lithe locomotion of the salamander. "Pleurobot" imitates the

Ultra-cute bugbots cooperate to climb a step together

Anything is possible if we all work together — and no one gets left behind. That is the lesson these tiny "VelociRoACH" robots taught me today.

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 in

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

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

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 aquadyna