One of the robosquirrels used in the rattlesnake study (Photo: Andy Fell, UC Davis)
A robosquirrel approaches a rattlesnake in a tree (Photo: Rulon Clark, San Diego State University)
Rattlesnakes, beware! The next time you spot a succulent-looking squirrel, it might actually be a cold-hearted robot. More specifically, it might be a “robosquirrel,” created by UC Davis professor of mechanical and aerospace engineering Sanjay Joshi. He built the robot squirrels as part of a study on rattlesnake behavior – a study which yielded some interesting results.
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