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Stanford researchers create robot able to drag 2,000 times its weight

Researchers from Stanford University create new robot that is able to drag up to 2,000 times its own weight

Michael Hatamoto | Apr 30, 2015 at 12:50 am CDT (0 mins, 38 secs time to read)

Researchers from Stanford University will demonstrate a unique tiny robot that is able to drag an object up to 2,000 times heavier than itself. The "MicroTug" robots were inspired by the anatomical design of geckos and ants, which are able to carry large amounts of weight - and travel in unique manners.

Stanford researchers create robot able to drag 2,000 times its weight |

A separate robot is able to carry up to 100 times its body weight, using feet with tiny rubber spikes that can physically bend under pressure.

The actual design of the robots is simple, with a processor, motor, battery, wheels, adhesive layer and winch used to make up the powerful MicroTugs.

Researchers are now trying to figure out how to make multiple robots, including scaling up to create larger robots.

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