The six-legged robot was able to move faster when it stopped copying wildlife
Unexpected discovery: if a six-legged spider robot wants to win the race, he should touch the ground with only two legs at a time.
Robotics is very common biomimicry – engineers take as a basis for their development ideas, peeped by wildlife. This applies to both the design of new robots, and the mechanics of their actions. However, these solutions are not always the most effective. For example, researchers from the Federal Polytechnic School of Lausanne (Switzerland) recently found out that spider robots should learn a new method of movement.
Most insects touch the ground during the movement with three legs out of six. However, this way of moving loses in speed to another – when there are only two feet left on the ground. Tests have shown that such an unusual (and counterintuitive) method gives a 25% increase in speed, as you can see on this video.