I read an interesting article on Roland Piquepaille’s Technology Trends site the other day about Biomimetic Robots, so called because they were inspired living biological entities (like cockroaches and scorpions). The variety of designs which researchers have produced are fascinating, I especially like the ‘sprawl‘ robots developed at the Center for Design Research at Stanford University.


These “hand-sized hexapedal robots are prototypes designed to test ideas about locomotion dynamics, leg design and leg arrangement and to identify areas that can be improved by Shape Deposition Manufacturing“. Check out the video’s on the site, the way these things move is ingenious!


Originally from the UK, David is designer and wanderer currently based in Kamakura. Prior to this, he lived in China and longs to explore more of this vast and varied land. He started Randomwire in 2003 to chronicle his travels and occasional musings. Feel free to drop him a line.

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