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Robert Full TEDTalks

Robert Full

Mar 2014

Full, UC Berkeley biologist, gives a talk on his studies of various animals including cockroaches, crabs and geckos and how they can help us to engineer more efficient robots in the future.

My engineering colleague at Berkeley designed with his students a novel manufacturing technique where you essentially origami the exoskeleton, you laser cut it, laminate it, and you fold it up into a robot. They even have some of the behaviors of the cockroaches. So they can use their smart, compliant body to transition up a wall in a very simple way.

Robert Full: The secrets of nature's grossest creatures, channeled into robots