Robot inspired by lizard scoots across loose surfaces

03/26/2013 | SmithsonianMag.com

The zebra-tailed lizard that scurries with little effort across dry sand, what engineers term "flowable ground," is the inspiration for technology that may enable robots to travel without interruption across similar surfaces. Researchers at Georgia Tech developed the device using a 3D printer to experiment with different types of legs to determine the best shape for forward motion without sinking too deeply into soft, fluid ground.

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