In Pictures: Beastly robotic animals

What a zoo! These mechanical creatures run, crawl, swim and fly not much unlike the real things

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Robotic Bat Wing takes flight

Researchers at Brown University have developed a robotic bat wing that is providing information about dynamics of flapping flight in real dog-faced fruit bats. The robot is designed to flap while attached to a force transducer in a wind tunnel. By measuring the power output of the motors that control the robot's seven movable joints, researchers can evaluate the energy required to execute wing movements. Data could aid the design of small flapping aircraft. The research was funded by the U.S. Air Force Office of Scientific Research.

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