Engineer Builds Robot That Walks on Water

“PITTSBURGH – It could be called a mechanical miracle — a robot that walks on water.

With inspiration from nature and some help from research at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (newsweb 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.

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