Minesweeping Robot Walks Like A Crab
Sea Mollusk Body Armor
Gecko-inspired Surveillance Bot
Imitating Caterpillar Defense Mechanism
Octopus Skin Camouflage
Butterfly Wing Bomb Sensors
Maple Tree Seeds As Nano Air Vehicles
Certain types of caterpillars, when threatened, can quickly roll into a Q-shape and propel themselves away from danger. Engineers at Tufts University mimicked that ability with their four-inch-long GoQBot, which could be used for surveillance purposes, as well as for environmental monitoring. The DARPA-funded bot performs its ballistic roll trick thanks to alloy coils that have shape memory.