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Lizard-Based Robot Uses Tail for Righting Itself

University of California, Berkeley researchers have modeled a self-stabilizing robot on the ability of lizards to land right-side-up when falling. The scientists studied how the flat-tailed house gecko and green anole fall and right themselves in midair before landing on their feet. They utilize their large tails to rotate their body into position. The researchers used this to construct RightingBot, a simple robot—consisting of a body joined to a tail—that can right itself in midair. The work could also help provide airborne or land-based robots with the ability to recover when they lose their balance. The researchers presented the work at a recent Society for Experimental Biology meeting in Salzburg, Austria. (Science Daily)(EurekAlert)

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