Scientists took inspiration from seahorse’s tails for hard, strong and flexible robot

By | July 7, 2015
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Seahorse’s tails can work as inspirations to the future of strong, flexible and nearly unbreakable robots. Seahorses are one of the oldest ocean creatures, but due to structure of its tails it will work as inspiration to enhancing the quality of robots. Technically seahorse is a fish and has a bit odd and square tail, because most of the animals has a cylindrical tails. This square tails of seahorse delivers a tough armor to the fish and this also helps in providing strong grasp to hold things such as plant and some foods that float by its mouth.

The latest issued paper from Journal Science, scientists have described and gave some insight of its strange skeletal and its tail. Its tail is surrounded by square bone plates. Due to the square structure of the tail, seahorse can twist and bend and the tails will be back to normal structure better than all the animals that have cylindrical tails.
Due to this strange structure of seahorse tails, the robotics scientists are giving more attention as this could help them in designing strong, hard and flexible robots.



Ross Hatton, a study researcher from Oregon State University Oregon State University said, “Humans have tendency to build things that are stiff so that they can be controlled pretty easily, but nature makes things just strong enough so that it won’t break and flexible enough to perform wide range of tasks. This is the reason, we can learn a lot from animals, which will finally inspire the future robotics.”



The Scientists has also said that structure of square-shaped seahorse’s tails could also be used in laparoscopic surgery, where this type of robotics device will provide more accurate control and flexibility during navigation around bones and organs. This can be very useful and can work properly as it has strength required for surgical tasks. This will also be helpful in machines, which are used in some industrial uses as well as for search and rescue missions.

To test the strength and flexibility of seahorses tails, scientists won’t have to torture any seahorse, because they have used a 3D printers to create the prototype. Using this printer, they have created prototype for both cylindrical and square-shaped tails and then they were run into a comparative test. This tests results that the square-shaped prototype is more flexible, strong and hard than the cylindrical shaped prototype.