Nov 092005
 
Amoeba-like robot

source: Hong/Ingram

Discovery.com is reporting today that researchers from the Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University have developed a robot that does not use wheels or legs to move, but rather uses its skin as its means of propulsion in much the same way that amoeba do. While this method of locomotion will not be practical in most applications it does give the robot the unique ability of squeezing through spaces that are much smaller than its own diameter – a feat not easily accomplished by robots employing traditional propulsion systems.

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