Our Robo-Insect Overlords Won't Walk on Water, They'll Hop

Our Robo-Insect Overlords Won't Walk on Water, They'll Hop

An international team of scientists have created a robot that can walk and jump on water.

I, for one, welcome our water-walking robot overlords.

Robotic engineers from Harvard and Seoul National University have made an incredible leap forward in robot design: bots that can float, walk, and even hop across the water's surface.

Foolish scientists - water was our one defense!

The team was inspired by water striders, the fascinating insect that glides in short bursts across lakes, ponds, and other still bodies of water. Taking a close look at how the bugs move inspired the design of the robot.

Water striders are equipped with special hairs on their feet, called microsetae, that trap air to create a sort of "cushion" that they float on. To move, the striders twist their curved feet with at a specific angle, with just less than the force it would take to break the water's surface tension.

If these insect-inspired droids get out of hand, at least we'll know how to stop them.

You can see how the engineers replicated the unique insect in the video below:

So there you go! If you find yourself by a lake sometime this summer, you can regale your friends with some water strider trivia. They'll love it, I'm sure.

Source: CNet

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I think we'd rather our robot apocalyptians be on the surface of the water than under it. Mostly so we can SEE THEM.

Cripes, Tomorrowland was right. We can't even talk about amazing breakthroughs in technology without talking about how it's going to destroy us in the end (even if it is tongue-in-cheek).

We've been living in a world where robots can do more than Jesus for quite some time. This is just the next hilarious step.

Adam Jensen:
We've been living in a world where robots can do more than Jesus for quite some time. This is just the next hilarious step.

Until robots can make water into wine, I don't think robots are worth it.

 

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