Towards Microrobots with Insect-Like Dexterity

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In this paper we analyze a pioneering mechanism ‘solid state muscles’ that facilitates insect-like dexterity for autonomous and robust microscale robotics. The results of our efforts are expected to at lead to the following microrobot capabilities: -Walk walk, run, and jump in various directions -Walk if flipped upside down -Traverse through harsh terrains such as sand -Pick up, carry, and place loads -Withstand large impacts or accelerations -Recharge using vibrational energy-scavenging -Extraordinary lifetime

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Journal: TechConnect Briefs
Volume: 2, Nanotechnology 2010: Electronics, Devices, Fabrication, MEMS, Fluidics and Computational
Published: June 21, 2010
Pages: 368 - 371
Industry sector: Sensors, MEMS, Electronics
Topic: MEMS & NEMS Devices, Modeling & Applications
ISBN: 978-1-4398-3402-2