FlipperBot mimics baby sea turtles by paddling through sand

robotsinsider-flipperbot-1Not to be outdone with Cheetah-like and snake-inspired robots, a team of researchers at the Georgia Institute of Technology decided to work on a robot that mimics the paddling movement of baby sea turtles. For Daniel Goldman and his team, it’s not just about working on a pet project. The end goal will be to help scientists better understand how exactly flippers work, paving a way for better robots that can swim their way through both water and land.

robotsinsider-flipperbot-2

Goldman says that another benefit of the research is the preservation of endangered sea turtles. Goldman believes that by developing turtle-like robots, they can figure out certain environmental factors that are threatening the habitat of sea turtles. The robot is called FlipperBot. Nearly 7.5-inches long and weighing just over 2 pounds, the FlipperBot features two motor-driven flippers with flexible wrists. FlipperBot is the first robot to use flippers as its main motor function.

Source: TechNewsDaily