Seahorse’s Armor Inspires Better Robotic Designs
The tail of a seahorse can be compressed to about half its size before permanent damage occurs, engineers at the Univ. of California, San Diego, have found. The tail’s exceptional flexibility is due to its structure, made up of bony, armored plates, which slide past each other. Researchers are hoping to use a similar structure to create a flexible robotic arm equipped with muscles made out of polymers, which could be used in medical devices, underwater exploration and unmanned bomb detection and detonation. UC San Diego engineers, led by materials science professors Joanna McKittrick and Marc Meyers, detailed their findings in the journal Acta Biomaterialia.
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