Friday, November 30, 2007


Biologist Robert Full at UC Berkley gave a recently posted talk at TED which is truly fascinating. He shows stunning videos of different types of feet and their functional capabilities, from the ant's sticky pad to the cockroach's spiny hook, from the geko's adhesive hairs to the basilisk lizard's paddling foot: feet which have all been biologically designed to promote momentum, overcome challenging terrain, climb vertical surfaces, and accomplish various other amazing tasks. Full and a number of other biologists and engineers have been inspired by these naturally designed feet and have attempted to synthesize these natural designs by applying them to the field of robotics and in so doing ended up creating a few of their own exciting designs. Anyways definitely check out his talk below:

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