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Snail Inspired Robot Creeps

5 July 2011 No Comment

When you think about robots imitating the movement of animals, the snail is probably the last creature that comes to mind. But researchers at the Chuo University in Japan knew better, they’ve created the “Snail-Wave Omnidirectional Mobile Robot,” Toro II (It doesn’t look like a snail though). Why make a robot that mimics snail movement? The Toro II features really stable omnidirectional motion, as no matter what direction the robot is moving in, it always has a large surface area touching the ground. This makes the snail bot resistant against being accidentally shoved around, hence suitable for places with high traffic such as hospitals and factories. Below is the Toro II in motion.

via: Automaton < Nakamura Lab

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