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"Cyber-Roach" Forces Rethink On Animal Movement 41

Posted by Soulskill
from the living-under-your-cyber-fridge dept.
Lanxon writes "A team of researchers at the Royal Veterinary College in London has built a 'cyber-cockroach' (a cockroach wearing an accelerometer in a tiny backpack) to try and better understand the movements of many-legged animals. They found that unlike bipedal creatures, animals with more than two legs don't adjust their movements when walking over a softer surface." The academic paper is available from the Journal of Experimental Biology. This research will be helpful in finding better ways for multi-legged robots to navigate difficult terrain.
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"Cyber-Roach" Forces Rethink On Animal Movement

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