A short animation exercise by Chloe Nicolay: course quadrupède / quadruped run.
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Something every Mars Rover might need in the future: Snake robots that wiggle and roll to propel themselves around on passive wheels, gathering visual information with a camera along the way. This snake-bot is called Wheeko, and it’s designed to get into inaccessible spaces — tight spots between rocks or under ledges, or on more sandy terrain — that your average mini-truck-sized rover might have a hard time with.
Wheeko is being developed by teams at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) and SINTEF, the largest independent research organization in Scandinavia, as a part of a European Space Agency-assigned study.
Take a closer look at a slug with entomologists and video educators, The Bug Chicks. Slugs can look forward and backward at the same time, their single foot muscle and skirt move them across the ground, and, similar to a whale, they have a blowhole called a pneumostome. Watch this slug breath:
This rather extraordinary quadruple backflip by robot gymnast Hinamitetu may look perfectly executed now, but before the programming and physics came together, it had a long history of trials and errors that are a great example of why practice and perseverance are key to getting it right. Please enjoy this Hinamitetu Blooper Reel:
Small, light, and quick, the cheetah-cub robot is a robust little experiment in robotics and biomechanics from EPFL, the École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne, one of two Swiss Federal Institutes of Technology. From actu.epfl.ch:
Even though it doesn’t have a head, you can still tell what kind of animal it is: the robot is definitely modeled upon a cat… The purpose of the platform is to encourage research in biomechanics; its particularity is the design of its legs, which make it very fast and stable…
The number of segments – three on each leg – and their proportions are the same as they are on a cat. Springs are used to reproduce tendons, and actuators – small motors that convert energy into movement – are used to replace the muscles.
In the future, the stability and speed of this robot could be key attributes for finding people in search and rescue missions or for exploration of rough terrain.
There are more robots being more than just robots in the archives.