United States: It is awesome to see a group of six microrobots, weighing only 3.5 ounces altogether, could pull a car weighing 3,900 pounds.
By taking inspiration from tiny ants work as a team to move massive objects, few researchers at the Biomimetics and Dexterous Manipulation Laboratory at Stanford University trying to overcome the limits of friction in the design of tiny robots that have the ability to pull thousands of times their weight.
The researchers watched that the ants get extraordinary agreeable force by utilizing three of their six legs at the same time.
David Christensen, who is a graduate student and one of the authors of this research paper said that “By considering the dynamics of the team, not just the individual, we are able to build a team of our ‘microTug’ robots that, like ants, are superstrong individually, but then also work together as a team”.
The paper will be introduced this May at the International Conference on Robotics and Automation in Stockholm.
See the video below.