Robotics Researchers Discovered a Better Way For Insects to Walk

A popular approach to designing robots that can navigate a world built for living creatures is to simply copy Mother Nature’s designs. But while trying to improve how a six-legged robot walks, researchers at the École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne actually found a faster way for six-legged creatures to get around. [Read More]

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But while trying to improve how a six-legged robot walks, researchers at the École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne actually found a faster way for six-legged creatures to get around.
While many vertebrates are able to run quickly and with minimal ground contact, six-legged insects take a different approach to speed.
They use what’s called a tripod gait, which means that when scurrying across flat terrain, they always have at least three legs touching the ground—two on one side, and one on the other.
AdvertisementThe researchers at EPFL, who also worked with the University of Lausanne, were curious to know if the tripod gait really was the fastest way for a six-legged creature to get around.
While the bipod approach to six-legged running works great on flat terrain, the simulations the researchers ran also revealed that the more traditional tripod approach is actually better for insects who use sticky feet to walk on walls, ceilings, and other surfaces where they’re constantly fighting gravity.

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We learn from a computer (simulation) that copying Mother Nature isn’t always the best approach. #Evolution #Trend

Source: Gizmodo