Tree climbing robot copies nature to scale the heights

Man evolved in part due to his ability to flee from predators by escaping into trees, but a new innovation shows that such techniques simply won't work when a new breed of hunter fixes its robotic gaze on mankind.

Created by Tin Lun Lam and Yangsheng Xu from The Chinese University of Hong Kong, the Treebot was designed to serve as a potential replacement for humans who sometimes perform dangerous tasks in trees or other high areas. The robot can climb autonomously and adapt to unusual paths using tactile rather than visual sensors, essentially mimicking the organic behavior of an inchworm. You can see the Treebot in action in the video below.

Via NewScientist

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