Cockroach inspired robotics discovered recently that may offer a novel approach towards designing swiftly moving robots for rapid transition of horizontal to vertical planes without any actuators or complicated sensors. The findings of the research have been disclosed in the Journal Royal Society Interface
A leading author of the published study, Chen Li said in a statement that, “Where they (cockroaches) live, you have all sorts of stuff around you, like dense vegetation or fallen leaves or branches or roots. Wherever they go, they run into these obstacles.”
Associated research team of roboticists guided by Kaushik Jayaram from the California University’s department of integrative biology, Berkeley, in the United States, designed the robots that can hit in to walls. The team discovered the invention after being inspired by the living cockroaches’ behavior.
During the experiment, the research team came to know that if the cockroaches perform their extreme escapes move, they mostly run outright across the floor unless they hit a wall. They just slap into the wall with neither any attempts nor lessening the collision violence, so that their heads move with a kind of flipping, bumper insect by 90 degrees. At the time, their feet get in contact with the wall.
Chen Li added that, “We’re trying to understand the principles of how they go through such a complex terrain, and we hope to then transfer those principles to advanced robots. We are just beginning to understand how these critters move through a cluttered 3-D terrain where you have obstacles that are larger than or comparable to the animal or robot’s size.”