A group of engineers at the University of California, Berkeley are developing a robotic cockroach that is capable of squeezing into the tightest and smallest of spaces, the likes of which are created by rubble following an explosion or collapse of a large structure.
Dubbed the Compressible Robot with Articulated Mechanisms or CRAM, this robotic cockroach is fitted with legs that sprawl outwards when it is put under pressure from above. The bumps along its edges resemble the spines on a cockroach, while the soft upper shell protects the robot's electronics from damage.
This robotic cockroach could be used a first-responder in the wake of explosions and collapses, and could be used to explore inside rubble and collect information that would be of use to rescuers as they go about finding survivors.
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