This Tiny Robot Mimics the Mantis Shrimp's Mighty Punch

Researchers built a miniature version of the crustacean to better understand the biomechanics of its legendary strike.

The mantis shrimp boasts one of the most powerful and ultrafast punches in nature—it’s on par with the force generated by a .22-caliber bullet. This makes the creature an attractive object of study for scientists eager to learn more about the relevant biomechanics. Among other uses, it could lead to small robots capable of equally fast, powerful movements. Now, a team of Harvard University researchers has come up with a new biomechanical model for the mantis shrimp’s mighty appendage, and it built a tiny robot

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