DIY Cockroach Robot can Survive a 300-foot Fall Off a Building!


The UC Berkeley EECS department has been developing these robots that mimic traits of a cockroach and can also survive a 300-foot fall from the top of a building to the ground.  Apparently, this could possibly lead to better disaster-proof designs for airplanes, cars, and alike.

Heck, I would like them to build a life-sized cockroach that I can ride in, perhaps I can jump off buildings without worrying about actually killing myself. (like a cockroach)

Using compliant fiber board as structural material, and a single main driver motor, the DASH robot is capable of 15 body lengths per second on flat surfaces. The structure is resilient and survives ground impact at terminal velocity of 10 meters per second.

via singularityhub

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