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Technology Factsheet

Continuous Wave Peristaltic Locomotion

Category: Robotics > Characterization and Inspection > Snake
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Earthworms travel by contracting their body segments sequentially. This method of locomotion is particularly effective in constrained spaces. Soft worm robots may eventually have application in pipe inspection, burrowing, or exploration.
The robot uses peristalsis, the same method of locomotion earthworms use.

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Industry:Research
Size:Tiny (<1kg/2lb, <10cm/4in useable length)
TRL:Research (1-3)
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A paper on the design of the robot was recently published in the International Journal of Robotics Research.

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