X

EU Visitor Notice: This Website Uses Cookies

This website uses cookies to improve user experience, to provide analytical data to better serve our visitors, and to serve advertising to fund our operations. By using our website you consent to all cookies in accordance with our Privacy & Cookie Policy.

Your preference will be saved for 90 days, or until you clear your browser cookies.


I AGREE
I DISAGREE
Learn More
Cool Gadgets, Gizmos, Games and Geek Stuff on Technabob
VISIT OUR OTHER SITES: THE AWESOMER | 95OCTANE

Robot Salamander Crawls and Swims Its Way into Our Hearts

by Conner Flynn
Advertisement

Roboticists continue to take inspiration from animals to create new types of robot movement. This robotic salamander can swim, crawl and walk just like the real thing – only it’s not the real thing. It’s just a very good artificial copy from the Biorobotics Laboratory at Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne.

salamanderIt goes by the name Salamandra Robotica II and it mimics a real salamander’s movement by using a digital neural network that instructs it on how to swim, crawl or walk based on the intensity of electrical signals running through “spinal cord” circuits. I know, this is creepy stuff. Hey, if it has a spinal cord like that, I know where to shoot it if it attacks.

robot_salamander_side_view

A remote “brain” laptop mimics the signals that a real salamander brain sends to its spinal cord, letting the robot change speed, direction and gait by triggering an electronic signal.

This is an update to their original salamander robot creation from 2007. The robot is turning out to be a good way to understand the systems that vertebrates use to move. In other words, they are getting closer to creating vertebrates that are as real as the real thing.

[via New Scientist]

Deals in The Technabob Shop



Pete Holmes vs. Hot Wings

Pete Holmes vs. Hot Wings

Flex Arm Vise

Flex Arm Vise

Epic Rap Battle: Musk vs. Zuckerberg

Epic Rap Battle: Musk vs. Zuckerberg

Advertisement
Lexus Taunts Fans with Teaser Shot of RC F Track Edition

Lexus Taunts Fans with Teaser Shot of RC F Track Edition

How to Build a Drift Track

How to Build a Drift Track

Vintage Rube Goldberg Clip Explains Gas Engines

Vintage Rube Goldberg Clip Explains Gas Engines