SQuRO Robot Rat China
Researchers from China’s Beijing Institute of Technology recently unveiled the SQuRO robot rat, which is capable of mimicking its real-life counterpart both in movement as well as their behavior. Each limb has two degrees of freedom (DOF) for movement, while two DOFs in both the waist and head replicate the flexible spine movement, thus enabling SQuRo to bend its body.

Rats are able to squeeze into tight spaces in the real world, so SQuRo would only be able to do this if it also had an elongated slim body. Thanks to the robot’s flexible spine, it is able to do just that, including such motions as crouching-to-standing, walking, crawling, turning, and even picking itself up after falling. Fortunately, this robotic rat is not as creepy as this robot grandchild from Takara Tomy.

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SQuRO Robot Rat China

Rats that live in caves have attracted a great amount of attention owing to their unrivaled agility and adaptability. Lots of efforts have been made trying to mimic the morphology or motion characteristics of rats,” said the researchers.

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