A stick insect just
seems improbable. But scientists
who study motion love them. They’re easy
to keep in captivity, and they’re big for insects,
about three to four inches long. Researchers in Germany stuck
little motion capture tags all over the
insects to see which leg and joints did what. They also had them walk
on force-measuring plates. They put the motion recordings
and the measurements together into a 3D
model. The hind legs provided most of the power
pushing the insect forward. The middle legs were
more involved in braking and steering. Both middle and hind legs
bore the insect’s weight. The front legs mostly poked
and probed to test
what lay ahead. All this research
is in the service of making a six-legged
robot named Hector the best it can be. But will he ever be as
cute as the original?

How a Stick Insect Walks | ScienceTake

16 thoughts on “How a Stick Insect Walks | ScienceTake

  • October 30, 2018 at 8:17 pm
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    Nature is an excellent teacher.

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  • October 30, 2018 at 8:19 pm
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    This creature is a biological robot from the planet Mars. Even Aliens are afraid of him …))

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  • October 30, 2018 at 8:26 pm
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    Walk it like I talk it

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  • October 30, 2018 at 9:02 pm
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    Stick insect? That’s clearly a bowtruckle. Muggles, I tell ya.

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  • October 30, 2018 at 9:11 pm
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    i was laying in bed one night and felt the creepiest crawling feeling coming from UNDER my shirt. i grabbed that area of my shirt as hard as i could and bundled it up in a ball and thre it to the floor faster than i thought possible. when i went to see what it was, it was a (dead) pregnant stick bug 🙁 i never felt fear turn into remorse so quickly.

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  • October 30, 2018 at 9:48 pm
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    Cute?

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  • October 30, 2018 at 11:01 pm
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    this bug should be
    Mammal

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  • October 31, 2018 at 12:27 am
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    So it's basically becoming four legged.

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  • October 31, 2018 at 1:47 am
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    Stick bugs are awesome.

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  • October 31, 2018 at 2:36 am
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    That was adorable

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  • October 31, 2018 at 5:24 am
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    It will never be as cute, because the original will never be weaponized.

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  • October 31, 2018 at 6:16 am
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    Biomimicry.

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  • October 31, 2018 at 7:18 am
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    Cute?

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  • December 15, 2018 at 6:04 am
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    I had a pet Goliath stick insect and it was such a fun pet to have.

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  • March 9, 2019 at 10:36 am
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    I love to see that in personal.

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