How Robots Are Made To Move Like Animals (Infographic)

Examples of robots that are patterned after animal motion.
The science of biorobotics is informing the design of new robots. (Image credit: by Karl Tate, Infographics Artist)

The science of biorobotics is used to give robots the graceful movements that evolution has designed for animals. Biorobotic machines can be used for studying hydrodynamics, biomechanics, neuroscience and prosthetic limbs for human use.

The RoboTuna has a flexible tail section made of silicon, enabling it to move realistically through the water. Its control computer and sensors are in a rigid “head” section at the front.

Limbless creatures such as the sidewinder snake move by lifting some body segments while leaving others in contact with the ground. A robot snake can move by undulating its body in the same way.

Researchers at several universities have created walking robots that move with a human-like gait. The Cornell Biped is fully autonomous and uses little energy. 

Karl Tate
LiveScience Infographic Artist
Karl has been Purch's infographics specialist across all editorial properties since 2010.  Before joining Purch, Karl spent 11 years at the New York headquarters of The Associated Press, creating news graphics for use around the world in newspapers and on the web.  He has a degree in graphic design from Louisiana State University.