Cricket research could lead to a new generation of robots

When it’s time to design new robots, sometimes the best inspiration can come from Mother Nature. Take, for example, her creepy but incredibly athletic spider crickets. Engineering students and their professor have spent more than eight months unraveling the hopping skills, airborne antics and safe-landing patterns of these pesky insects that commonly lurk in the dark corners of damp basements. The team hopes to pave the way for a new generation of small but skillful jumping robots.

Provided by Johns Hopkins University

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