Robot Designer Gets Inspiration From The Animal Kingdom

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Stickybot has specially designed footpads, inspired by the surface of a gecko’s foot, that allow it to climb smooth surfaces.

To a robot designer like Sangbae Kim, the animal kingdom is full of inspiration. “I always look at animals and ask why they are the way they are,” says Kim, an assistant professor of mechanical engineering at MIT. “As an engineer, looking at them and speculating is fascinating.”

 

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