Tuesday, March 15, 2016

Tiny Robots Pulling A Car

NYT: "Modeled After Ants, Teams of Tiny Robots Can Move 2-Ton Car" (Via H.R.)
[A] team of six microrobots, weighing just 3.5 ounces in total, could pull a car weighing 3,900 pounds... Their new demonstration is the functional equivalent of a team of six humans moving a weight equivalent to that of an Eiffel Tower and three Statues of Liberty, Mr. Christensen said. The car is the one he uses for commuting to campus. Part of the magic is the use of a special adhesive that was inspired by gecko toes.
Demonstration video: