Nanotech 2010

Towards Microrobots with Insect-Like Dexterity

J.V. Clark, F. Li, J.V. Clark
Purdue University, US

Keywords: microrobot, biomimetic

Abstract:

In this paper we analyze a pioneering mechanism ‘solid state muscles’ that facilitates insect-like dexterity for autonomous and robust microscale robotics. The results of our efforts are expected to at lead to the following microrobot capabilities: -Walk walk, run, and jump in various directions -Walk if flipped upside down -Traverse through harsh terrains such as sand -Pick up, carry, and place loads -Withstand large impacts or accelerations -Recharge using vibrational energy-scavenging -Extraordinary lifetime
 
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