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Morphing Robots Can Grip, Climb, Crawl Like Insects

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One of the morphing robots.

Researchers at Colorado State University have developed a trio of robots that can morph their bodies and legs as needed.

Credit: Colorado State University

Three robotic systems developed by Colorado State University (CSU) researchers can adapt their shapes to better navigate tough terrain.

The robots include a gripper that can adjust its shape to improve its grasp, a quadruped that can flatten itself to enter small openings and grip ledges, and an untethered robot that can transition between walking and swimming.

The robots respond to temperature changes by becoming softer or more rigid.

Also, the robots can change shape on demand and reverse the process as necessary.

Said CSU's Jianguo Zhao, "This approach offers a promising path towards developing robots that can navigate and work in difficult environments."

From Colorado State University
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