Shrew whiskers inspire ground-breaking robot design
The Etruscan shrew, one of the world's tiniest mammals, measuring around 4 centimetres long, is the inspiration for a ground-breaking new robot developed to use sophisticated whiskers to find its way around.
The Shrewbot is the latest in a series of robots which use 'active touch' rather than vision to navigate their environment.
The Shrewbot has been developed at Bristol Robotics Laboratory (BRL) in collaboration with the University of Sheffield Active Touch Laboratory as part of the BIOTACT project.
Professor Tony Pipe (UWE Bristol) and Professor Tony Prescott (University of Sheffield) are working on the Shrewbot project with a number of partners. BRL is a collaboration between UWE Bristol and the University of Bristol.