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| March 16, 2005
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
CONTACT: Phil Sneiderman
INSPIRED BY NATURE:
Undergraduate Develops Antenna
To Help Robot Move Like a Cockroach
Can a robot learn to navigate like a cockroach? To help
researchers find out if a mechanical device can mimic the pesky insect's
behavior, mechanical engineering major Owen Loh has built a flexible,
Like a cockroach's own wriggly appendage, the artificial antenna sends
signals to a wheeled robot's electronic brain, enabling the machine
to scurry along walls, turn corners and avoid obstacles.
The work is important because most robotic vehicles that are sent into
dangerous locations rely on artificial vision or sonar systems to find
a safe path. But robotic eyes don't operate well in low light, and sonar
systems can be confused by polished surfaces.
To learn more and see the robot in action, watch
this short video in Windows Media format.
and watch the same video in mpeg format.
To learn more about this, read
the press release.
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please contact Glenn Small at: firstname.lastname@example.org
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