Enter the Tailbot Watch the remarkable acrobatics of the Agama agama lizard and its faithful robot apprentice in this 2 min video. This UC Berkeley study, published in Nature (http://www.nature.com/nature/journal/vaop/ncurrent/full/nature10710.html) used models to conclude that the Velociraptor “might have been capable of aerial acrobatics beyond even those displayed by present-day arboreal lizards”.
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Tailbot Grows A Lizard-Like Tail, Could Help Save Lives
A team of biology and engineering undergraduates and graduates at the University of California Berkeley made an interesting discovery in lizards, which can be applied to robotics.
Researchers noticed that when lizards leap, stumble or fall, they always manage to land perfectly. This is due the they way in which lizards use their tails to perfect the landing–they swing their tails upwards, which prevents them landing head first. Enter Tailbot.
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