(STANFORD, Calif.) — Studying — and borrowing from — some of the most impressive creatures in nature, scientists at Stanford University have created tiny toy robots that have feet that stick like geckos’ toes, and can work together to tow a nearly 4,000 pound load.
According to a demonstration video posted over the weekend, the team of six little robots — each smaller than the palm of an adult’s hand, and together only weighing 3.5 ounces — were able to tow a Chevy Volt and its driver.
The scientists were able to have the bots mimic ants’ gaits, and their ability to synchronize their efforts, which maximize their towing potential. This, coupled with the bots’ feet — sticky thanks to tiny, hair-like protrusions — and a slow and steady pace, made the tiny robots superhero strong.
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