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Six-legged appurtenance runs opposite grainy surfaces

By Meghan Rosen

Web edition: Mar 22, 2013

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A LEG UP

A hexapod drudge rests in the bed of granular material. The drudge uses custom-designed legs to pierce fast over pebbly surfaces.

Credit: Courtesy of Chen Li, Tingnan Zhang, Daniel Goldman

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A tricked-out drudge can scuttle fast over pebbly surfaces regulating done to order legs.

A commercially available, build-it-yourself fondle drudge called the RoboXplorer was the starting indicate for physicists led by Daniel Goldman of Georgia Tech. They turbocharged the fondle by slapping upon cosmetic legs which plow by grainy soils. The work could assistance engineers speed up alternative legged bots as well as even wheeled devices, such as the Mars rovers, the researchers indicate in the Mar twenty-two Science.

Scientists have formerly done machines which transport opposite plain belligerent as well as cruise by air as well as water, though had difficulty removing robots to mass departure over silt — the sleazy piece which can container resolutely similar to earth or upsurge openly similar to water.

By measuring forces upon indication legs pushed by “sand” done of potion beads or poppy seeds, the group figured out the most appropriate leg pattern for using over gravelly ground. Spinning C-shaped legs helped the bot zip opposite the bed of poppy seeds.

C-shaped legs assistance the mutated fondle drudge lurch over the bed of sand.
Credit: Courtesy of Chen Li, Tingnan Zhang, Daniel Goldman

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