Robots that mimic animals have been around for some time now and are often created to explore current robot technologies. Boston Dynamics is one of the key players in this industry creating massive and impressive humanoid and dog robots that achieve scary levels of ambidexterity.
In some cases, like those of the researchers below, mimicking animals in robotics isn’t to gain extra robotic skills, it’s to garner more knowledge about how animals work in the first place. A group of researchers from the Robotic Systems Laboratory has created a robot fish in efforts to understand whether the small minnows will accept it as one of their own.
This may not seem important, but it allows researchers to understand how fish differentiate an object between being dead or alive, being a fish or not a fish, and even whether the object is the same species of fish. It’s an interesting idea and the short video below dives into just how it’s getting done.