Posted: May 30, 2012 by Wildcat in Uncategorized
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RoboWorm An elastic, flexible robotic worm on wheels can inch its way through a simple set of obstacles. Mechanical engineer Jordan Boyle modeled the 3-D-printed serpentine ‘bot after Caenorhabditis elegans, one of the most widely used animal models in neuroscience and genetics research. RoboWorm can adapt to its environment, but it’s not “powerful and robust enough to actually throw out there in the real world,” Boyle said. It still lacks the mechanical and computational prowess to work in search-and-rescue missions, which Boyle hopes it will someday do. For now, the mechanical crawler can’t burrow through rubble nor sense its surroundings — both necessary capabilities for a rescue bot. (via RoboZoo: Wired’s Menagerie of Robot Animals | Wired Science | Wired.com)

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