Sand is difficult terrain for robots to navigate. Looking to lizards and cockroaches for clues, Daniel Goldman, a physicist at Georgia Institute of Technology, and his colleagues figured out how to making a robot that wouldn't be slowed by soft ground. The trick? It's all in the step.
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, footage courtesy of Chen Li, Paul B. Umbanhowar, Haldun Komsuoglu, Daniel E. Koditschek, and Daniel I. Goldman. Produced by Flora Lichtman