A cockroach might be the key to a technical breakthrough in robot technology.
Researchers at UC Berkeley developed a small-sized robot based on the unique moves and capabilities of the insect, specific to better “understand how swine can rapidly transition from guiding on level field to climbing up vertical walls, ” Kaushik Jayaram, a Harvard fellow and recent UC Berkeley PhD graduate who designed the robot, told The San Francisco Chronicle.
Cockroaches can pass more than 50 torso lengths per second, which equates to roughly 200 miles-per-hour and have a special exoskeleton that allow the insect to quickly switching from a horizontal surface to a horizontal one, the working paper reported.
The ability to form the speedy movement from horizontal to horizontal at high speeds is something that robots today can’t even accomplish, Jayaram said.
The ultimate goal of the robot — dubbed the Dynamic Autonomous Sprawled Hexapod( DASH)- is to pair the unique move capabilities with different runs, such as climbing, tunneling and wedging, according to the paper.
“Integrating them will result us towards producing highly functional robots, whose abilities approach those of swine in real-world media and have significant technical, societal and economic impact in the immediate future, ” Jayaram said.
The team of researches detailed their assignment in a paper wrote Wednesday.