Engineers create insect-inspired robots that can monitor hard-to-reach spots

The bug-inspired robot designed by M. Ravi Shankar’s Lab. Credit: University of Pittsburgh

These ancient creatures can squeeze through the tiniest cracks, fit snugly into tight spaces and survive in harsh environments: There aren’t many spaces that are off-limits to an insect.

That’s why researchers at the University of Pittsburgh have created tiny bug-inspired robots that can carry out tasks in hard-to-reach spaces and inhospitable environments.
“These robots could be used to access confined areas for imaging or environmental evaluation, take water samples, or perform structural evaluations,” said Junfeng Gao, who led the work as a Ph.D. student in …

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