Are animal cyborgs the future of robotics? – Science Museum Blog

Catherine Hodges, Contemporary Science Volunteer, explores one of the latest developments in robotics: the parasitic robot. A turtle-robot hybrid example of this is on display at the Science Museum in London.

Robotics has come a long way. Advanced machines are being manufactured every day, but there are still many obstacles to overcome. Short battery life and difficulty making robust movement systems has hindered progress, even the best robots can struggle when it comes to motion.

That’s why scientists are turning to nature for inspiration.

Researchers at the Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology, have developed a new parasitic robot that rides on the back of turtles.

The parasitic robot was inspired by real-life parasites like the parasitic wasp larva pictured above that attaches itself to an unfortunate spider host.

The parasitic robot hitches a ride on a turtle model. Credit: Science Museum Group Collection/CMSS Laboratory, KAIST, Korea



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Mike Rawson

Mike Rawson has recently re-awoken a long-standing interest in robots and our automated future. He lives in London with a single android - a temperamental vacuum cleaner - but is looking forward to getting more cyborgs soon.

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