Serpentine Robot Replicates Complex Sidewinder Snake Movement

October 10, 2014 7:47 AM

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Humans managed to send rovers to Mars, but creating a robot that efficiently crosses a dessert is still a challenge. As in many other similar situations, the best way to get inspiration is to observe an animal who went through numerous evolutionary stages to achieve an efficient way of moving on sand, the sidewinder rattlesnake.

The snake’s movement may seem “weird and unnecessary”, according to study author Dan Goldman, professor of physics at Georgia Tech. But the snake knows what it’s doing.

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