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February 2, 2016 AT 4:00 am

A Robot That Runs And Swims Like A Salamander #Biomimicry

Robots designed to understand how animals move via TEDTalk

Roboticist Auke Ijspeert designs biorobots, machines modeled after real animals that are capable of handling complex terrain and would appear at home in the pages of a sci-fi novel. The process of creating these robots leads to better automata that can be used for fieldwork, service, and search and rescue. But these robots don’t just mimic the natural world — they help us understand our own biology better, unlocking previously unknown secrets of the spinal cord.

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