Inspired by cheetahs, researchers build fastest soft robots yet

Maria J. Danford

Influenced by the biomechanics of cheetahs, National Science Foundation-funded researchers have made a new type of delicate robot that is capable of relocating more quickly on reliable surfaces or in the drinking water than previous generations of delicate robots.

“Cheetahs are the speediest creatures on land, and they derive their velocity and electrical power from the flexing of their spines,” says Jie Yin, a mechanical and aerospace engineer at North Carolina Point out University and corresponding writer of a paper on the new delicate robots. The paper is posted in the journal Science Developments.

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