How a robotic cockroach and bird teamed up

In an unlikely pairing, a robotic cockroach and robotic bird have teamed up to navigate disaster areas and provide emergency services using a combination of engineering and biomimicry.

The robots, VelociRoACH and H2Bird, were designed by a team of roboticists at the University of California, Berkeley, to combine the best characteristics of their living, breathing counterparts – agility and flight.

Acting like an aircraft carrier, VelociRoACH provides the 3 miles per hour speed that H2Bird, which cannot launch itself from a standstill, needs to take flight. The roboroach scuttles on C-shaped legs as the robobird begins flapping its wings, detaching and launching into the air when the roboroach has reached the necessary speed. READ MORE.