Newest robotic roach can leap like the actual factor

Latest robot roach can leap like the real thing

Evan Ackerman/IEEE Spectrum

Look away entomophobes: a collaboration between South Korea’s Seoul Nationwide College and UC Berkeley has created an unholy robotic cockroach that may not solely crawl round to gross you out, however can even leap a strong 5 ft within the air after which prop itself up and carry on strolling.

The JumpRoACH is an easy, two-ounce system with six crawling ft and a diamond-formed leaping/launching mechanism powered by eight stretchy latex bands and small DC motor. Whereas the usefulness of a robotic insect is debatable, it’s undoubtedly staying true to its supply materials. the most important robotics breakthrough right here is the robo-roach’s capacity to truly management the facility of its tiny catapult mechanism and time its launch so it makes the leap. Whereas the JumpRoACH (fortunately) cannot fly simply but, it does have wings it could possibly open to flip itself over onto its ft and carry on marching into your nightmares. Observe:

Whereas this isn’t the primary robotic cockroach designed at UC Berkeley, we will all be grateful that we’re not coping with a military of precise robotic zombie cockroaches.