New Insights on Fast Animals Can Teach Animals to Walk

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New insights on gait of animals could contribute to making the locomotion of robots energy efficient, according to an article published in journal Frontiers in Zoology on January 8, 2018.

A team of zoologists at Cologne, led by Dr Tom Weihmann, were able to show that quickly running insects change their gait at mid-speed. The change in gait is similar to the way horses change from trop to gallop.

The research showed that the change in gait at high speed and on a slippery surface was accompanied by a change from static to dynamic stabilization. This minimizes the need of the central nervous system to control the motion while attaining high energy efficiency.

“This discovery not only has far-reaching implications regarding the behavior and ecology of insects and other arthropods. Our results can also contribute to solving some problems we still have with the movement of robots.” says Weihmann.

It has been observed that robots with legs have better cross-country mobility than robots with wheels. Robots use ample of energy in contrast to many animals. Thus, the locomotion patterns of cockroaches could contribute to finding a solution that would let robots run at a high speed with an acceptable expenditure of energy.

“Robots with legs that can be used here on Earth after disasters, or on Mars or other planets, are often modelled on insects. Adapting the coordination patterns of robot legs to those of fast-running cockroaches can help the robot use energy more efficiently and hence increase its endurance in an inhospitable environment.” Weihmann explains.

This research would allow creation of robots without any disruptions in their coordination or falls even on slippery surfaces.

Robots are widely being used in the entertainment sector. Artificial intelligence (AI) integration is one off the key factors due to which, robotics is gaining significant traction in the entertainment market, as per entertainment robots market report published by Coherent Market Insights.

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