AI News, Robotic spiders and bees: The rise of bioinspired microrobots
Robotic spiders and bees: The rise of bioinspired microrobots
Here Dr Nabawy explains why micro robots really aren't anything to worry about and, instead, could be the revolution in robotics that spearheads the next generation in manufacturing technology: 'For our robotic spiders research we are looking at a specific species of jumping spider called Phidippus regius.
Dr Nabawy says if we can perfect the way spiders jump in robots they can be used for a variety of different purposes in complex engineering and manufacturing and can be deployed in unknown environments to execute different missions.
But don't worry we are someway off swarms of flying mechanical bees and armies of mechanical spider robots.' The Industry 4.0 summit is looking at the future of the manufacturing industry, but will also look at topics ranging from Brexit and the Northern Powerhouse to skills shortages, cyber-security and blue skies technology.
Humans, on the other hand, are only able to jump one and half times our body length.The team record the spider’s jumps at different lengths and heights on high-resolution cameras, which they can then slow down to analyse them.
“With this extensive dataset, we have already started developing prototype robots that can mimic these biomechanical movements and jump several centimetres.” It is hoped that once this technology is perfected, it can be used to explore unknown environments and also in complex engineering and manufacturing.
These technologies can also be used for many different applications, including improving the current aerodynamic performances of aircraft.” Dr. Nabawy also mentions the possibility of such technology helping to pollinate crops and flowers in the case that bee populations continue to decline as they have been.
Spiders trained to jump on demand in major robotic engineering breakthrough
A spider called Kim has been trained to jump on demand by scientists keen to learn the secrets of her acrobatic ability.
Lead scientist Dr Mostafa Nabawy, from the University of Manchester, said: “This is amazing and if we can understand these biomechanics we can apply them to other areas of research.” Dr Nabawy’s team trained Kim to jump different heights and distances on a manmade laboratory platform.
Study co-author Dr Bill Crowther, also from the University ofManchester, said: “Our results suggest that whilst Kim can move her legs hydraulically, she does not need the additional power from hydraulics to achieve her extraordinary jumping performance.
Engineers developing spider robots and electronic swarms of bees
Researchers at the The University of Manchester are working to create electronic swarms of bees and jumping spider robots.
“We have trained it to jump different distances and heights, recording the spider’s every movement in extreme detail through high resolution cameras which can be slowed down.” “We are now using this biomechanical data to model robots that can perform with the same abilities.
With this extensive dataset we have already started developing prototype robots that can mimic these biomechanical movements and jump several centimetres.” The robots were modeled after spiders because of their incredible ability to jump up to six times the length of their bodies from a standing position.
- On Thursday, March 21, 2019
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