With the rapid advancement of science and technology, researchers and armed professionals are getting their hands on the development of automated machines or robots based on different living creatures. Here are three of such advanced robots that draw inspiration from certain well-known animals.
‘Water-Strider’ Based on Insects
Do you think that stepping on the water is a miracle? This unbelievable water-strider robot might prove you wrong. It not only strides on water but also takes high leaps. There are certain small bugs and insects which are capable of gliding on the surface of streams effortlessly. This unique electro-mechanical machine is inspired by those small creatures. After more than a few thorough studies and researches, scientists came up with this exceptional idea of creating water-strider robot. It is equipped with a number of feet made of nickel foam pads. These pads are highly repellent to water, and that is the secret behind its 14 centimetres high as well as 35 centimetres forward jumps. Apart from hopping over and over again, this miraculous water-strider can also scrutinize the quality of water and carry out spying operations.
‘Beep Beep’ Based on Ostrich
It is another mechanical artificial agent which has been modelled after the large flightless bird Ostrich. The concept of a robot ostrich first came into the mind of a group of researchers working in the Florida Institute for Human and Machine Cognition (IHMC), and they designed an automated device with springy legs. The specialties of this biology-inspired creation include efficient use of energy and control of legs within limited computing power. IHMC scientists are highly hopeful about launching their machine this year. On the other hand, the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) has also been working on a similar project. It has focused on the running motion of ostrich, and is ready to come up with a two-legged robot that will be able to run at least 20 miles or 32 kilometres per hour.
‘Speedy Spot’ Based on Cheetah
As suggested by the name, speed is the most important aspect of this exclusive robot. Influenced by cheetah, the animal with the highest speed on land, this swift automated electro-mechanical device is known to be the fastest one of its kind in the laboratory. The backside of the robot is quite flexible in nature. It changes direction just like a cheetah through bending and unbending at the time of running. The speedy spot is able to run around 29 kilometres an hour which is a world record till now. The brains behind this invention is the experienced scientists of the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency or DARPA, and they are aiming at developing certain other similar fast-running robots in near future for aiding soldiers in their tasks.
The demand for super powerful animal-inspired robots has been going high in several industries. As a result, more and more organizations are getting involved in robotics these days.