Cockroaches: the Secret to Super-Agile Search-and-Rescue Robots?

Engineers at Johns Hopkins University are using the cockroach's skills of agility and balance to model the next generation of bio-inspired climbing, jumping robots. The researchers hope that their motion-control strategy will someday support search-and-rescue applications that require traversal on a variety of difficult terrains. Tech Briefs spoke with the engineers about their prototype cockroach bot.