Sea Urchins as an Inspiration for Robotic Designs
AbstractNeuromorphic engineering is the approach to intelligent machine design inspired by nature. Here, we outline possible robotic design principles derived from the neural and motor systems of sea urchins (Echinoida). Firstly, we review the neurobiology and locomotor systems of sea urchins, with a comparative emphasis on differences to animals with a more centralized nervous system. We discuss the functioning and enervation of the tube feet, pedicellariae, and spines, including the limited autonomy of these structures. We outline the design principles behind the sea urchin nervous system. We discuss the current approaches of adapting these principles to robotics, such as sucker-like structures inspired by tube feet and a robotic adaptation of the sea urchin jaw, as well as future directions and possible limitations to using these principles in robots. View Full-Text
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Stiefel, K.M.; Barrett, G.A. Sea Urchins as an Inspiration for Robotic Designs. J. Mar. Sci. Eng. 2018, 6, 112.
Stiefel KM, Barrett GA. Sea Urchins as an Inspiration for Robotic Designs. Journal of Marine Science and Engineering. 2018; 6(4):112.Chicago/Turabian Style
Stiefel, Klaus M.; Barrett, Glyn A. 2018. "Sea Urchins as an Inspiration for Robotic Designs." J. Mar. Sci. Eng. 6, no. 4: 112.
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