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Read about GoQBot in Popular Science

Plenty of people are designing robots inspired by nature’s designs, but most of them are rigid machines made of metal, plastic or polyester film. Fleet-footed robots or hoverbots are unable to bend and squish into tight spaces, but squirmy, agile ones like snakebots can’t move very fast.

A new soft-bodied silicone robot aims to change that, squirming into tight spaces with ease and covering great distances quickly, flipping out like a caterpillar under siege. 

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An Interdisciplinary Incubator

By focusing on how animals move, a group of Tufts researchers are changing how we think about (and may one day build) robots.

"Located a half mile from the Tufts Medford campus at 200 Boston Avenue, the Advanced Technology Laboratory acts as an incubator to bring researchers together and speed up the evolution of ideas. Engineers use biological principles to help design and build structures, which in turn give biologists better ways to explain what they observe. Biomimetics, or mimicking nature, specifically in the form of caterpillars, was just such an interdisciplinary problem..."

Professor Trimmer with faculty and students

Arts, sciences, and engineering faculty members and graduate students discuss ways to control the movements of the soft-body robot. (photo by Melody Ko)