Researchers study seahorse tail’s markup for advanced robotic medical devices, tail has 36 segments
Seahorse Robots are going to be the latest addition in the long list of robotic animals. These robotic animals may change the face of the world in the coming days by making those things possible that look quite impossible now.
There is no denying the fact that while cheetah is the fastest animal on the planet, the robotic cheetah developed some two years ago by MIT scientists is among the fastest robotic animals. Then there are many robotic fishes that are expected to be useful in oceanic explorations besides in espionage works in the coming years.
Scientists working with the Clemson University have come out with robotic horse and the robotic eninners working with the university claims that this artificial creatures have an especially durable body amour due to its bony structure, and a useful, flexible tail that can easily wrap around objects due to its square shape, all while also exhibiting a great deal of force.
The report about the making of the robotic seahorse has been published in the journal Science. Researchers reveal that the robotic seahorseâ€™s tail is made up of no less than 36 different segments. Each of them has kind of a square appearance and defies all expectation.
While talking about the development Dr. Michael Porter, who is the lead scientist and mechanical engineer says that â€œAlmost all animal tails have circular or oval cross-sections, but not the seahorseâ€™s. We wondered why. We found that the squared-shaped tails are better when both grasping and amour are neededâ€.
The report in the journal Science while giving information in detail says that Dr. Porter first started examining seahorses while he was working on developing a steerable catheter. His work underwent several changes, upgrades and improvements. The same report says that the initial prototype was actually designed with a square cross section. He then tried to change it into a round one, for that is the shape more common in nature and he intended to insert it into veins. But what he realized was that the second version didnâ€™t work anywhere near as well as the first one.