Wednesday, January 2, 2008

More on Spiders

Have you seen this article on an Carnegie Mellon / MIT spider that walks on water?

Some interesting ideas in here. Like piezoelectric actuators. Didn't know such a thing existed! And the newly discovered way in which water skimmers walk: by slighly pushing down on the water. Cool.

Best news to me is the spiderbot's parts only cost $10. Now that's impressive. And pretty inspirational for those of us without research grants. Here's some engineering guidance on biomorph piezoelectric actuators.

1 comment:

  1. wow, you are way beyond me! reading anything technical curls the hairs on my head, though i would LIKE to understand it.

    i'm still trying to conquer my camera manual!

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