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Bird Anatomy Makes The Better-Legged Robots Than The Humans Do

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Researchers at the Max Planck Institute for Intelligent Systems in Stuttgart, Germany , have invented a legged robot based on bird biology. This robot balances speed and walking efficiency. Image credits: Pixabay Alexander Bardi-Spröwitz , a researcher at Max Planck Institute for Intelligent Systems was trying to design a bipedal (two-legged) robot resembling the structure of a bird. The problem was that the biologists were unable to explain the bird anatomy based on technical or engineering terms. “It’s not their goal to build a robot,” said Bardi-Spröwitz. “It’s a bit frustrating for me as an engineer because I need certain types of information.” To know more about bird anatomy, he met Monica Daley , a veterinary scientist at the Royal Veterinary College in England. She offered him the position of postdoctoral alongside her veterinary students. “That got me thinking about how we use our understanding of locomotion and animals to develop more agile robots,” said Daley. The two researc

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