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Researchers at the École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL) in Switzerland have developed a new robot after drawing inspiration from our feline companions. The ‘cheetah-cub robot’ that was produced by EPFL’s Biorobotics Laboratory resembles a headless housecat.
Its cat-like movements and limb-structures allow for the robot to skillfully maneuver through terrains that would otherwise prove problematic for wheeled mechanisms. Auke Ijspeert, the director of the Biorobitics Laboratory, said the goal of the project was, “to develop fast, agile, ground-hugging machines for use in exploration, for example for search and rescue in natural disaster situations.”
The research team at EPFL hopes their work will lead to further research into this brand of biomechanical technology.