Water Walker

water walkerMuch like a Jesus lizard or water strider,  this 12 legged robot can walk on water. The researchers gave the robot copper legs that have a structure capable of trapping tiny air pockets.  This helps the robot stay afloat on the water.

Ten legs support the robot while the other two are connected to small motors that help the robot move.  Robots like this could be used to monitor environmental pollution.

See our previous post Jesus Robots, featuring a water strider type of robot from Carnegie Melon.

Funding for this research was provided by the  Harbin Institute of Technology and the Natural Science Foundation of China.

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