Robots may need lizard-like tails for ‘off-road’ travel

26 Sep 2018
Running lizard
An example of an Australian lizard, in this case the Gippsland Water Dragon, running on two legs. (Credit: David Paul).

Robots may one day tackle obstacles and traverse uneven terrains thanks to collaborative research analysing the motion of lizards.

The study, which featured a University of Queensland researcher, used a slow motion camera to capture the nuanced movement of eight species of Australian agamid lizards that run on two legs – an action known as ‘bipedal’ movement.

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