Friday, June 5, 2009

Dolphin-Inspired Man-Made Fin Works Swimmingly: Scientific American

This might not be robots... quite but I came across the Lunocet (pictured above) site completely by accident and was immediately struck by how brilliant an idea this was. Beautiful, effective and why on earth hadn't any one thought of it before?

On further reading (the Scientific American article), I discovered that, as well as Ted Ciamillo who has taken his design from nature, DARPA and the Segway team have been putting together a Project Swim which utilizes flexing of the larger leg muscles to power a kind of side fan. How cool is that?

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