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Wing-wing interactions in dragonfly flight »

Xinyan Deng and Zheng Hu

A pair of robotic wings have been used to investigate why dragonflies use different phase angles for different flight modes.
 
 
Flight control in a flapping-wing fruit fly simulator »

Sawyer B. Fuller, Michael Epstein, Stephen Waydo, Will B. Dickson, Andrew D. Straw, Michael H. Dickinson, and Richard M. Murray

A feedback controller closes the loop from vision to wing motion to stabilize forward flight in a simulation of Drosophila Melanogaster.
 
 
BRAINS AND MACHINES
From spinal cords to sofas »

Sunny Bains

Those of you interested in my last article on central pattern generator chips may also want to read a new piece I've written for EE Times, this time on the use of CPGs in modular robots. It partly covers the...
 
 
BRAINS AND MACHINES
Analog chip does job of spinal cord for locomotion »

Sunny Bains

While I was at Johns Hopkins University during the summer, I found out about the first demonstration of a new chip that can be used to stimulate locomotion in an animal (tested on a temporarily-paralyzed cat, see right). Unlike previous...
 
 
BRAINS AND MACHINES
Letting the physics do the thinking »

Sunny Bains

Although I've no doubt that digital computing will be crucial to the development of intelligent robotics, one of my interests is in the other - often neglected - technologies that will also be vital to making it happen. One of these is mechanics...
 
 

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