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Locust robot can make shockingly long jumps

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University of Illinois researchers have demonstrated amazing mini robots that can make huge jumps and traverse difficult terrain. The robot design is inspired by a locust’s leaping motion.

The design is based on the twisting of a coiled actuator made of heat-treated nylon fishing line. Once the stored elastic energy is released, the robot makes a leap.

The robot can jump both vertically and horizontally, covering much more distance than its predecessors

The experts produced and tested 108 such robots. The smallest one weighed only 0.216 grams and was capable of jumping 60 times its body length.

The robot can be put to industrial use, such as internal inspections of machinery.

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