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Bioinspired Robots (03:10)


Robot makers are trying to recreate nature's inner workings and mechanics. Bostrom distinguishes between Japanese, American, and European robotics. Meet the world's first robotic plant.

Plantoid Applications (04:09)

Plantoid features may be useful in agriculture, medical, and space exploration fields. Plantoid would substitute mobility with communication and shared intelligence.

Swarm Concept (03:24)

Learn about the swarm concept and division of labor found in nature. Ratti explains how the swarm concept can be applied to robotics.

Collision Resilient Flying Robots (03:19)

One of the major challenges in aerial robotics is the risk of fatal collisions. Aerial robots are now equipped with protective exoskeletons.

BionicOpter (03:30)

Learn about the BionicOpter, an aerial robot mimicking the design of a dragonfly controlled by a smart phone. A jumping robot akin to a cricket is produced in Italy.

Insect Inspired Morphology & Locomotion (04:03)

Uneven terrain is a source of inspiration for the six-legged robot Zebro. Lopes explains the reasons behind the decision to use legs. In Switzerland, researchers are building a robot inspired by spiders.

Living Machines (05:08)

Stefanini claims that tomorrow's robots are living machines. Scientists are trying to make realistic replicas of animals. Learn about robots directly inspired by fish.

Soft Robotics (03:03)

The use of soft materials inspired by natural tissue is in contrast to the traditional way of building robots. Learn about robogami or smart origami.

Artificial Intelligence (03:25)

The brain is a source of inspiration for robot makers. Learn how researches are mimicking a biological neural network. Robots are able to instinctively adapt to an environment.

Robotic Nervous System (04:28)

Researches have created a robot inspired by a salamander. Its spinal cord and nervous system is simpler than in a more evolved animal. Learn about the biological robot Cheetah-cub.

Meet Charlie (03:21)

Charlie is a bi-pedal locomotion robot inspired by chimps. Charlie was invented for space exploration. He has 57 sensors just in his foot.

Robotic Applications (04:36)

Learn about the unexpected benefits of nature inspired robotics. Through robotics, engineers can make new discoveries in biology.

Robots as Controlled Physical Models (03:12)

Robots can work as experimental models reducing the need to perform experiments on animals. Researches use a salamander to test the neural biological model.

Credits: Bioinspired Robots: Age of Robots (01:43)

Credits: Bioinspired Robots: Age of Robots

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Bioinspired Robots: Age of Robots

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Robot makers recreate some of nature’s inner workings and mechanics to create a new class of artificial systems - Bioinspired Robots. In this episode we look underground at a new type of robotic plant that mimics the mechanics of plant roots. Insects serve as inspiration for several types of drones as well as a very peculiar jumping robot that resembles a cricket. We then dive underwater to see robots inspired by fish and amphibians. Back on dry land we examine robots inspired by mammals. 

Length: 53 minutes

Item#: BVL110735

ISBN: 978-1-68272-612-9

Copyright date: ©2014

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