BGU engineers develop one of the fastest and most efficient amphibious robots
It crawls, waddles, slithers, and swims! This little guy can get around. Designed by a team at BGU to be simple and 3D printable. It isn’t shocking to learn a lot of the movement capablities were inspired by insects.
The robot has potential applications in search and rescue, especially during natural disasters such as floods and tsunamis. It also has potential applications in marine agriculture and fish feeding as the robot attracts fish instead of repelling them.
Whether on land or in the water, the robot moves quite quickly. On land, the robot crawled at 1.5 body lengths per second (B/s) and swam at 0.74 B/s. It can be outfitted with legs or wheels at the front which increases its crawl speed, especially over uneven terrain.
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