Sidewinding with minimal slip: Snake and robot ascent of sandy slopes

@article{Marvi2014SidewindingWM,
  title={Sidewinding with minimal slip: Snake and robot ascent of sandy slopes},
  author={Hamid Marvi and Chaohui Gong and Nick Gravish and Henry C. Astley and Matthew J. Travers and Ross L. Hatton and Joseph R. Mendelson and Howie Choset and David L. Hu and Daniel I. Goldman},
  journal={Science},
  year={2014},
  volume={346},
  pages={224 - 229}
}
Limbless organisms such as snakes can navigate nearly all terrain. In particular, desert-dwelling sidewinder rattlesnakes (Crotalus cerastes) operate effectively on inclined granular media (such as sand dunes) that induce failure in field-tested limbless robots through slipping and pitching. Our laboratory experiments reveal that as granular incline angle increases, sidewinder rattlesnakes increase the length of their body in contact with the sand. Implementing this strategy in a physical robot… Expand
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