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XRL Hexapod Robot Gets a Tail, Learns To Use It 52

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from the robo-lizard-overlords dept.
New submitter toygeek writes "In an effort to give various robots more control during free-fall and navigation of severe obstacles, researchers have studied how agama lizards use their tails to retain or correct orientation during leaps and jumps. They've applied the research to both hexapod and wheeled robots, and the results are both astounding, and outstanding!"

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XRL Hexapod Robot Gets a Tail, Learns To Use It

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  • by Anonymous Coward on Monday July 30, 2012 @09:39PM (#40824597)

    It depends on how the a cat falls but they can flip in less than a foot if needed.
    I've also seen my cat fall from much higher and not recover in time.

    I regularly test this one out, she's not to happy being held sometimes so we both screw this move up from time to time.

    It's not all tail either, she's using her entire body when she does it.

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