EPFL scientists designed, built and remote-controlled the robotic structures of a crocodile and a lizard for a field experiment, in the depths of Africa, in collaboration with the BBC. The robots are featured in today’s episode of “Spy in the Wild”.
They look like the real deal and move, well, almost like them, as well. According to the scientists, they studied the animals very closely to be able to reproduce their movements.
The scientists used motors in places of joints and artificial bones made of carbon fiber and a latex waterproof skin that allowed them to get wet.
But the reptilian robots are much more than remote-controlled spies. For the EPFL roboticists, these robots provide a tool for studying animal locomotion and biomechanics in future research.