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Wednesday, May 24, 2023

Centipede Robots with More Legs Better at Walking Over Bumps

 Centipede Robots with More Legs Better at Walking Over Bumps

By New Scientist, May 12, 2023

More legs, greater stability.

In repeated experiments, robots with fewer legs showed lots of variation in how long they took to move between two points. Robots with 14 and 16 legs navigated more quickly.

Researchers at the Georgia Institute of Technology found that multi-legged robots with more legs were better at navigating rough terrain than those with fewer legs.  The robots were made of three-dimensionally printed body segments that featured two legs and multiple motors, with each robot having a total of six to 16 legs.  The robots moved in a pre-programmed manner through an obstacle course comprised of stacks of small cubes.

The researchers observed that robots with 14 and 16 legs traveled faster and had similar times in different trials.

From New Scientist

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