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Living machinesA handbook of research in biomimetics and biohybrid systems$
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Tony J. Prescott, Nathan Lepora, and Paul F.M.J Verschure

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9780199674923

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: June 2018

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780199674923.001.0001

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Principles and mechanisms learned from insects and applied to robotics

Principles and mechanisms learned from insects and applied to robotics

(p.403) Chapter 42 Principles and mechanisms learned from insects and applied to robotics
Living machines

Roger D. Quinn

Roy E. Ritzmann

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This chapter explores how insects have provided inspiration for robotic designs over recent decades as biologists have continued to learn more about these complex invertebrate systems. Initial legged robots typically mimicked insects only in terms of their basic six-legged (hexapod) designs and walking gaits. Since then robots have been developed that take advantage of insect leg and wing designs, compliant structures, movement behaviors, reflexes, and even local neural control systems identified in their central nervous systems. Future robots may be controlled with models of entire insect nervous systems including their brains.

Keywords:   insect robots, hexapod, walking gaits, leg and wing designs, insect nervous system

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