The tailbot, a running, jumping mobile sensor that can maneuver in mid-air with its tail (Photo: Jianguo Zhao)
A size comparison of the tailbot next to a cellphone (Photo: Jianguo Zhao)
Imagine mobile sensor networks that run around, jump and maneuver in the air to get the job done. That's what Jianguo Zhao is working towards; his design for such networks involves biologically-inspired sensors in the form of robots with little tails. These "tailbots" are expected to have applications in areas ranging from search and rescue to surveillance and environmental monitoring.
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