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Meet the record-holding X2-VelociRoACH

posted 21 June 2015 at 09:39:06

If you’re interested in speed, robots and 3D printing, then this experimental roach is just the thing for you. The robotics department at the University of California, Berkeley, have come up with a speedy little robot that is partly 3D printed.  Called the X2-VelociRoACH, it’s an experimental legged robot that can run at speeds up to 4.9 miles per second, making it the fastest legged robot relative to its size. To make the robot as robust as possible, the designers Duncan W Haldane and Ronald S Fearing used 3D printing to make some of its key components, such as the transmission and the gears. Watch the clip below to see for yourself – but don’t blink!     

Image: Duncan W Haldane and Ronald S Fearing, Biomimetic Millisystems Lab, EECS, UC Berkeley