Scientists from the University of California, Berkeley have adapted a small six-legged robot to perform an evasive maneuver used by cockroaches and geckos
The DASH robot, a cockroach and a gecko are all capable of running to the edge of a ramp, and flipping themselves onto its underside
Anyone who has tried to kill a cockroach knows just how difficult they can be to be to capture. Not only can they squeeze through very narrow gaps, but they can also instantly accelerate to a running speed of approximately 50 body lengths per second. Recently, biologists at the University of California, Berkeley realized that the insects have another escape skill at their disposal. When they get to the edge of a surface such as a table, they can hook it with their rear claws and swing around 180 degrees to land upside down on its underside – a maneuver also performed by geckos. A team of UC Berkeley researchers subsequently did what any of us would do upon gaining that knowledge, and set out to get a robot to perform the action.
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