Crawling Robot

Snakeskin RobotUsing snakelike skin, this robot from Harvard researcher Ahmad Rafsanjani, has the ability to crawl. Using a technique similar to origami called kirigami, the skin is created using cutting as well as folding.

The cut out skin is wrapped around a rubber cylinder which can be inflated or deflated.  A trapezoidal cutout on the skin is so far the most effect for moving the robot forward.  Looks can be deceiving.  It took Rafsanjani a year and a half to perfect the skin and robot before it worked correctly.

Link via The Verge

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