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New Technique Could Help Designers Predict How Legged Robots Will Move on Granular Media Like Sand
March 21, 2013
Using a combination of theory and experiment, researchers have developed a new approach for understanding and predicting how small legged robots--and potentially also animals--move on and interact with complex granular materials such as sand.
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