Robots and tiny boats could soon move on water like how beetle larvae do. This new propulsion system is meant for small crafts used for monitoring water quality in oceans and other large bodies of water. Mimicking the movements of beetle larvae was the idea of Sung Kwon Cho from Pitt's Swanson School of Engineering.
The resulting system has no moving parts and hence is low-powered, requires little maintenance and is efficient.
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