DALER: vampire-inspired robot can fly and walk

January 26, 2015 7:28 PM

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This robot can crawl around on all fours - and it can fly. If you're terrified at the possibility that the future will be run by a robot race that's far superior to humankind thanks to their ability to both walk and fly, turn back now. What we're seeing here is the future of transformer-like technology, bringing LIS, EPFL, and NCCR Robotics together to bring home the gold with a winged metal creature that can crawl. This is DALER, otherwise known as the Deployable Air-Land Exploration Robot, and it's been inspired by a vampire bat.

The crews at LIS, EPFL, and NCCR Robotics have suggested that this robot was inspired by Desmodus rotundus, also known as the common vampire bat. What you'll see here is the robot's foldable, shockproof wings, and it's ability to move along the ground in a manner not unlike the bat.

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