Summary #706

You can’t squash this roach-inspired robot

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  • New robot is the size of a postal stamp, and can move as fast as a cockroach and carry tiny loads--the fastest insect-scaled robot.
  • The robot is made of a thin sheet of polyvinylidene fluoride (PVDF), coated with an elastic polymer so that it bends when voltage is applied.
  • It can withstand 60kg and still function, making it a promising technology for search and rescue missions to use in places no human or animal could reach.
  • Next, the team wants to add a battery, gas sensors, and improve the design to make it easier for the robot to avoid obstacles.

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