Unusual advantages were found to exist in the new 3D tail models of the seahorse.
These positions are primarily used to help in developing a mechanism to search flexible. It could also aid rescuing robots and surgery specialist robots.
It can also help develop new types of body armor. At Oregon State University, the seahorse is the research team’s latest inspiration.
The flexibility that it offers to robots is the primary source of inspiration.
Having a unique bone structure, the Seahorses are both robust and flexible simultaneously. The cross-section of the seahorse tail is circular; the entire shape, however, is in a square prism.
The tail is surrounded by bony plates as well as contains the interconnection of joints. Researchers have stated their inspiration has been from the thin square plates that can be found in the seahorse’s spine.
Researchers have produced a model of the tail’s square prism design. A hypothetical cylindrical version was also developed.
Professor Michael M. Porter has opted for printing in three dimensions as the seahorses were insufficient for testing. Prototypes were twisted, smacked and bent by use of a rubber mallet.
The prototype that was square in nature could no turn very quickly. However, this feature worked better for the seahorse’s favor.
The relatively lower flexibility is fundamental in saving the seahorse from deformation.
This could occur when grabbed and twisted. This flexibility gives the ability to resist fracture and to snap back into original split even if it is crushed.