Engineer Builds Robot That Walks on Water
“PITTSBURGH – It could be called a mechanical miracle â€” a robot that walks on water.
With inspiration from nature and some help from research at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (news – web sites), a team led by Carnegie Mellon engineering professor Metin Sitti built a tiny robot that can walk on water, much like the insects known as water skimmers or Jesus bugs.
It’s only a prototype, but some researchers imagine the water-skimming robot could have many uses. With a chemical sensor, it could monitor water supplies for toxins; with a camera it could be a spy or an explorer; with a net or a boom, it could skim contaminants off the top of water. ”
Just very cool, what could be more fun than walking on water, maybe personal jet packs.