Centipede robots with more legs walk better over bumps

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More legs equals more stability on rough terrain

Georgia Institute of Technology

The more legs a robot has, the better it seems to move over rough terrain.

Baxi Chong at the Georgia Institute of Technology and his colleagues have built a range of multi-legged robots from 3D-printed body segments. Each segment had two legs and several motors. The robots had between six and 16 legs in total.

None of the robots had sensors or cameras, so they couldn’t see their surroundings and simply moved around in a pre-programmed way that mimicked arthropods. The researchers tested…

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