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30 March 2018 / by André Maré

TED: A Robot that Runs and Swims like a Salamander

This is Pleurobot. Pleurobot is a robot that we designed to closely mimic a salamander species called Pleurodeles waltl. Pleurobot can walk, as you can see here, and as you’ll see later, it can also swim. Auke Ijspeert is a Roboticist that designs biorobots that is modelled after real animals. Biorobotics is a very active field of research in robotics where people want to take inspiration from animals to make robots to go outdoors, like service robots or search and rescue robots or field robots.

TED is all about the spreading of ideas regarding Technology, Entertainment and Design (TED). TED was founded in February 1984 as a conference. Its early emphasis was technology, entertainment and design but these days it has broadened its focus to include ideas on science, culture and a variety of academic topics. The best talks and performances of the different conferences are posted daily on a podcast also known as TEDTalks. The talks are

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