It’s always fascinating to me that one of the best sources for new ideas in robotics is nature. Here is another case where living organisms have provided a model for mechanisms in a robot. In this article from Nanowerk News (click the link below for the full article), the research leading to this application is detailed.
There are many examples of robots built on the basis of some animal, insect, or plant. Some examples are snakebots, robofish, and even robobees. Nature is simply one of the best models for roboticists to follow.
What is your favorite biomimetic robot? Let me know your ideas.
Engineers developing moveable robot components may soon take advantage of a trick plants use. Researchers at the Max Planck Institute of Colloids and Interfaces in Potsdam and Harvard University in Cambridge (USA) have devised porous materials that could serve as actuators, or motors.
Read More: Materials modelled after plants may help robots to move more naturally