Seahorse's Armor Inspires Robotic Designs

UCSD engineers look at how a seahorse's tail can maneuver in different ways to protect itself.
1:29 | 05/08/13

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See yours is a unique in that they have they have like a horse along TV personality and -- Prints -- tail like a monkey abroad outs like kangaroos camp five's been implicated flounder and Eisen independently -- community. We studied it for himself because it's gripping grasping. And it's protected by the natural arm. -- -- -- Is composed of four bony plates that -- essential vertebrae. And what's unique about this is that the bony plates have been sliding mechanisms. Where they are able to slide in and out of each other as all the segments are connected. Allows the -- to be able to bend and twist. And then also in defamation the plates can slide past each other like this which protects the central vertebrae from being compressed. That's sliding mechanism is what gives the -- It's -- -- -- capability and also its ability to twist and -- says -- can be compressed you have to its thickness without vertebrae actually fraction. No it's really looked at the tail end of bones in particular as a source of armored. Most -- creditors captions paid by crushing crab season clause fish and turtles using the X rays using -- place. -- this helps protect the sea horse from its natural predators.

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