ANIMAL ROBOTS: Marine Machines Made in Nature's Image

ANIMAL ROBOTS: Marine Machines Made in Nature's Image
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These robo-lobsters (pictured) are apparently agile enough to track down underwater mines.

Just like the real things, the small machines have antennae to sense obstacles, eight legs that allow movement in any direction, and claws and a tail that keep the robots stable in turbulent water and other environments.

Inventor Joseph Ayers--who's also the author of several lobster cookbooks--has spent the past three decades developing biomimetic robots like these, which were made for the U.S. Navy at Northeastern University's Marine Science Center.
— Photograph courtesy John F. Williams, U.S. Navy
 
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