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Cockroaches Inspiration for Robots

Cockroaches are providing inspiration in the quest to build a robot capable of running effortlessly over rough terrain, scientists in Oregon said.

| January 4, 2010

CORVALLIS, Ore. - Cockroaches are providing inspiration in the quest to build a robot capable of running effortlessly over rough terrain, Oregon State University researcher John Schmitt said.

Robots can walk, but none of them can run as well as insects, and even just walking they absorb too much energy and computing power to be very useful, Schmitt wrote in a recent issue of the journal Bioinspiration and Biomimetics.

A cockroach only slows down 20 percent when going over blocks that are three times higher than its hips, Schmitt's studies showed.

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Source: UPI.com

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