Stanford U boffins have been working on their uTug micro robots for a few years now, and damn it if the little fellas don’t continue to surprise. Using nothing more than synthetic gecko pads and tiny yet powerful winches these micro robots can drag 1000’s of times their own weight. Now they have learned to work together and it turns out it only takes six of them to move a full sized car across a polished concrete floor. We suspect Guinness may get involved soon.
Presented for your viewing pleasure are the little robots that could. The 6 bots with a combined weight of just over 100 grams that could soon be moving a car near you. Sit back relax and prepare to be amazed by a sticky footed robot.
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A new generation of micro machines have recently begun tugging random objects around Stanford’s Biometrics Lab. Putting insects to shame the latest micro tugs, or Tuggers, are able to pull over 2000 times their own weight. Equivalent to a human dragging a Blue Whale down the beach.
Weighing only 12 grams Tugger is lifting well above his own weight but that’s not all for this micro machine. Tugger can also drive forward, turn left or right and when he wants to get to work pulling on things he plants his foot down and winches away. The secret though is less in the winch than it is in the foot.
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