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Designing Bio-inspired Robotic Hooves

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Researchers are inspired by nature all the time to improve the design of their robots. This video from Robomechanics Lab presents a robotic foot inspired by mechanical aspects of goat hooves. These guys studied:

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the shape of the toes that grab rock features, the compliance of the foot pads that result in a concave contact patch, the separate toes that can maintain contact at high slope angles, and the combination of hard and soft materials.

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