Scientists have trained a spider to jump on demand, so that they can built better robots. According to researchers’ study the diminutive arachnid that is called Kim, can jump six times her body length from a standing start. Humans in comparison with spiders can only manage to jump about 1,5 lengths. To discover the secrets of her exclusive leaps, it gives scientists to build a new generation of robots inspired by nature notices researchers from University of Manchester . “The scientists in particular meant the Phidippus regius jumping spider that is capable of leaping in order to precisely hunt down prey. These spiders use this method to hunt down insects and small invertebrates. These spiders don’t make spider webs but instead use different methods for hunting. Also, they are equipped with excellent vision, having four large eyes at their front, and four smaller eyes located at the top of their head” mentioned www.valuewalk.com. The research team filmed the jumping arachnid with high-tech cameras to discover the secrets of her extraordinary locomotion.
“She will jump at the optimal angle, which means that she can understand the challenge that she is presented with,” Dr Mostafa Nabawy, a researcher that worked on a paper published in Scientific Reports. “And then she can time her jumping performance at take-off to execute a jump that is optimal in terms of energy demand.”
“The force on the legs at take-off can be up to five times the weight of the spider – this is amazing and if we can understand these biomechanics we can apply them to other areas of research,” said Dr Nabawy, an aeronautical engineer who is interested in designing new types of flying and jumping robots”.
“Spiders have to plan everything, they have to execute accurate jumps and precise jumps to get their target [prey] as soon as possible and as accurately as possible.”
According to researcher, Dr Bill Crowther their results suggest that whilst Kim can move her legs hydraulically, she does not need the additional power from hydraulics to achieve her extraordinary jumping performance.