Feb 23, 2011 image
A 12-legged, segmented robot based on the body morphology of a centipede. From the top, you can see the actuators that control each leg, while the reflection shows the flexible connections between the segments; the penny establishes the robot's size. Most robots of this size mimic the morphology of cockroaches, which have only six legs and much more rigid bodies. By using a centipede for a model, Wyss researchers hope to study the way flexibility and body undulations enhance locomotion.