Scientists from Seoul National University and Harvard University have teamed up to develop an amphibious robot that is capable of jumping off the water's surface, just like many insects. The project took several trial and error attempts, but the end result is an insect-inspired robot that can hop and jump off the water's surface with ease.
In order to put together their robot, the scientists first shot video to analyze the movement of water-striding insects that jump off the water. They noticed that insects use a sweeping movement that allows for maximum force, but just lower than the amount that would break through the water's surface.
This amphibious robot is just the latest in a long line of bio-inspired projects that look to blend nature and robotics.
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