While the word “robot” can conjure up an image of a cyborg human with lights for eyes and super powers, animal-inspired robots are accomplishing tasks in all kinds of medical, military and rescue work. These anibots perform tasks that would be difficult and often dangerous for mere mortals, or even human droids, to accomplish
Learn about these 3 types of animal robots
Pneupard is a robot that is designed to be agile and fast like cheetahs and other cats. Pneupard has artificial muscles made from rubber tubing that are covered in nylon and filled with air. The pneumatic muscles have lifelike abilities that allow the bot to replicate the range of motion and strength of a real cat!
Watch this video about Pneupard and create a visual answering the questions below.
- How are these engineers using robots to learn about nature?
- Why are cheetah’s ultra complex to recreate?
- What did the engineers learn when the were in the park
- What animal would you choose to recreate as a robot? What part or parts of this animal would be ultra complex to recreate?
One modern robot flier is called ornithopter. Ornithopter looks and flies much like a real bird. One sweet little ornithopter is used as a nano-spybot, equipped with a tiny camera.
Watch this video about Ornithopter and answer the questions create a visual answering the questions below.
- What materials are used to make this robot?
- What other material come to mind that might work?
- Have you ever seen a servo motor? If not where else might it be used? If you have seen one, what was its purpose?
- What is visually interesting to you about this robot? What woud you change?