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Engineers Developing Robotic Locomotion That Mimics the Amoeba
March 26, 2007
Researchers are designing a whole skin locomotion (WSL) mechanism for robots which will work under a principle similar to the one driving the pseudopod--or cytoplasmic "foot"--of the amoeba. With its elongated cylindrical shape and expanding and contracting actuating rings, the WSL can turn itself inside out in a single continuous motion, mimicking the motion of the cytoplasmic tube an amoeba generates for propulsion.
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