Chameleons, salamanders, and several types of toads grasp their prey within one-tenth of a second. They can do this because of the elastic energy stored in their body. Ramses Martinez, an assistant professor at Purdue University, and researchers from FlexiLab used this stored elastic energy to develop a new type of very flexible soft robots. The soft robots can catch a flying beetle within 120 milliseconds.
Hanna Jeong Staff Reporter
1. How can chameleons grasp their prey within one-tenth of a second?