Unifying the Physics of Walking: Slithering and Swimming as a Model for Multi-Legged Creatures

Clarifying the physics behind walking: It’s similar to slithering for multi-legged animals
It turns out that the physics behind walking is easier than we thought. This is the conclusion of a team of roboticists, physicists, and biologists, who published a paper in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences on Sept. 5, entitled \”Walking like slithering : a data-driven, unifying view of locomotion.\”

This is important, because it allows roboticists build simpler models to explain the way robots move and walk through the world, said Nick Gravish. He is a faculty at the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering of the University of California San Diego.

Researchers had studied ant-walking and were interested in seeing if their findings could also be applied to robots. They discovered that there is a mathematical relationship between the walking, skipping and slithering of multi-legged creatures and robots in viscous liquids.