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Robotic Biomimicry

Reading up a bit, I came across www.abc.net.au/catalyst/stories/2577277.htm this, and thought I would like to try do something like that, but a spider. It's a "robo roach", a RObotic Autonomous Crawling Hexapod, or ROACH. Bio mimicry is starting to become a leading factor in robots for use in the field.

Biomimicry itself is quite amazing the way it uses what works in nature to, well, work! Although there's something interesting about this cockroach, by the way it's made. It uses a simple bi-axial movement principal to keep things simple and cheap.

They have a download link for the episode, just go to mpegmedia.abc.net.au/tv/geo/catalyst/catalyst_2009_ep14.wmv and zoom forward to 12:25 and watch it. I'd recommend it, it's quite interesting.

Would any one have any information about this? I'd love to try make a robot that's based on an animal, preferably small, but there aren't many details any where.

I'd like to hear your ideas about this biomimicry, what would you make and what would you use it for?

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Kiteman7 years ago
Have you considered using K'NEX kits as a starting point?

Walking spider.

Sort of dog thing.
Kryptonite (author)  Kiteman7 years ago
I'm getting a kit for Christmas.
Ha, me and Santa, on the same wavelength...
KnexFreek7 years ago
 cool stuff!
Kryptonite (author)  KnexFreek7 years ago
Yeah, it's amazing where robotics are going!
Klumpert7 years ago
these are some pretty awesome Ideas, probably gunna try making one, and phail miserably I will, but thats not the point.

apparently those R.O.A.C.H things dont fall down
Kryptonite (author)  Klumpert7 years ago
I'd love to try, there appears to be two types made in the video, but the one which you get to see the print of is the harder of the two. Plus, gotta fit electronic microprocessors and stuff in.
Goodhart7 years ago
R.O.A.C.H. : they come up with these names by forcing a description out of what they want to call it, making up the acronym on the fly, as it were.
 
Kryptonite (author)  Goodhart7 years ago
Pretty good if you ask me. Hmm, I would have thought this topic would have gotten more than 8 views...
Yeah, you have to wonder sometimes why some things get multiple views and others are left alone (sometimes it is understandable but other times....)