By Studying Snakes, Engineers Learn How to Build Better Robots

Johns Hopkins University (JHU) researchers have developed a snake robot that can nimbly and stably climb large steps. The robotic system could advance the field of search and rescue robots that can successfully navigate difficult terrain. The researchers examined how a kingsnake, which lives in environments ranging from deserts to forests, climbed steps in Li’s Terradynamics Lab. They then created a robot to mimic the animals’ movements. Said JHU’s Chen Li, “The animal is still far more superior, but these results are promising for the field of robots that can travel across large obstacles.” Li added, “Hopefully our robot can learn how to bob and weave across surfaces just like snakes.”

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