Sometimes the sensation of life related to the movement of a machine may be connected with the regularity and speed of the movement. For example, a machine that moves slow is perceived more “alive” than one that moves fast, and an irregular movement, with changes of rhythm, is perceived more alive that a regular movement. That may be one of the reasons why robots like Keiko Takahashi’s Meter Crawlers made out of off-the-shelf steel tape measures move like the were alive:
A possible mechanic solution for bug bot heaps with only one motor for moving and one servo for steering. Also robust enough to survive falling! 🙂
Ocean’s Eleven for robots.
Super-simple inchworm with bristles on legs for friction difference when moving forwards (I think the bristle solution is brilliant). Muscle-wire (shape memory alloy) is used for actuating.
Climbing inchworm with grippers.
Interesting: Power supply seems to be embedded in table. Couldn’t find any website or paper though.
Cloth-climbing robot with a single motor. Eerily animalistic / insectile.
Interesting simple four legged robot mechanism.