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. 2018 May 8;13(4):041002.
doi: 10.1088/1748-3190/aab460.

Locomotion of Arthropods in Aquatic Environment and Their Applications in Robotics

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Locomotion of Arthropods in Aquatic Environment and Their Applications in Robotics

Bokeon Kwak et al. Bioinspir Biomim. .

Abstract

Many bio-inspired robots have been developed so far after careful investigation of animals' locomotion. To successfully apply the locomotion of natural counterparts to robots for efficient and improved mobility, it is essential to understand their principles. Although a lot of research has studied either animals' locomotion or bio-inspired robots, there have only been a few attempts to broadly review both of them in a single article. Among the millions of animal species, this article reviewed various forms of aquatic locomotion in arthropods including relevant bio-inspired robots. Despite some previous robotics research inspired by aquatic arthropods, we found that many less-investigated or even unexplored areas are still present. Therefore, this article has been prepared to identify what types of new robotics research can be carried out after drawing inspiration from the aquatic locomotion of arthropods and to provide fruitful insights that may lead us to develop an agile and efficient aquatic robot.

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