Dash Robotics crowdfunding 'origami' runner you can assemble at home
Stanford Lab developing new kinds of robot aircraft (w/ Video)
Principles of locomotion in confined spaces could help fire ant-inspired robot teams work underground (w/ video)
Future teams of subterranean search and rescue robots may owe their success to the lowly fire ant, a much-despised insect whose painful bites and extensive networks of underground tunnels are all-too-familiar ...
'Flipperbot': Sea turtles inspire beach-walking robot (w/ video)
(Phys.org) —For sea turtle hatchlings struggling to reach the ocean, success may depend on having flexible wrists that allow them to move without disturbing too much sand. A similar wrist also helps a robot ...
Terradynamics: Technique could help designers predict how legged robots will move on granular surfaces (w/ video)
Using a combination of theory and experiment, researchers have developed a new approach for understanding and predicting how small legged robots – and potentially also animals – move on and interact with ...
Illinois robotics lab's HyTAQ moves in air, rolls on land (w/ video)
A small step for lungfish, a big step for the evolution of walking
(Phys.org) —The eel-like body and scrawny "limbs" of the African lungfish would appear to make it an unlikely innovator for locomotion. But its improbable walking behavior, newly described by University ...
A plane that lands like a bird (w/ Video)
Everyone knows what it's like for an airplane to land: the slow maneuvering into an approach pattern, the long descent, and the brakes slamming on as soon as the plane touches down, which seems to just barely ...
Advances made in walking, running robots
Researchers at Oregon State University have made an important fundamental advance in robotics, in work that should lead toward robots that not only can walk and run effectively, but use little energy in the ...
Brazil experts find fossils of pre-dinosaur creature
Brazilian paleontologists announced Tuesday they discovered the well-preserved and near-complete fossils of a pre-dinosaur predator that lived some 238 million years ago.
More Realistic Biomechanics In New Computer Locomotion Model
Unifying The Animate And The Inanimate Designs Of Nature
(PhysOrg.com) -- Living beings and inanimate phenomena may have more in common than previously thought.
Researchers learn why robots get stuck in the sand -- and how to keep them going (Video)
(PhysOrg.com) -- Today's advanced mobile robots explore complex terrains across the globe and even on Mars, but have difficulty traversing sand and other granular media like dirt, rubble or slippery piles ...
Solving the obstetrical dilemma: Study shows wide hips do not mean less efficient locomotion
Among the facts so widely assumed that they are rarely, if ever studied, is the notion that wider hips make women less efficient when they walk and run.