Scientists create millirobot with simple design which can execute multi-locomotion.
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A group of scientists from Switzerland has created an insect-scale origami robot which can execute multi-locomotion. It's design was inspired by trap-jaw ants which have remarkable multi-locomotion mechanisms to jump upwards when threatened, by a sudden snapping of their mandibles. They can also avoid a threat by leaping forwards using their legs. Replicating these skills in small-scale robotic systems with simple design has been a challenge untill now.
The newly developed robotic system would be of great use in situations such as emergency relief, exploration and monitoring. The significance of this invention is that the locomotion mechanism of the robot is constructed with minimal components and assembly steps. This untethered, battery-powered millirobot can perform multiple operations like vertical jumping for height, horizontal jumping for distance, somersault jumping to clear obstacles, walking on textured terrain and crawling on flat surfaces.
This work is published in the reputed journal 'Nature'.