Thursday, March 17, 2016

Six Tiny Robots Team Up to Pull Massive Car

Size doesn’t matter if you work together as a team. No, that’s not advice from a sex columnist. It’s the philosophy of robot designers who developed microbots patterned after ants and programmed six of them to work together to pull a full-sized car. The robots are called microTugs and they’re the creations of scientists at Stanford University’s Biomimetics and Dexterous Manipulation Laboratory who have been working for some time on tiny-yet-strong robots. In 2015, they unveiled one weighing less than half an ounce that can pull up to 52 pounds. Another one weighing 9 grams uses its super-strength plus gecko-like sticky feet to pull a 2-pound object up a wall...more

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