That’s Not A Salamander, That’s a Robot – Salamadra Robotica II
Developed at the Biorobotics Laboratory at EPFL (École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne), Salamandra Robitica II is probably the first robot able to transition smoothly from swimming to walking on solid ground. It actually uses a network of neural circuits going down its spine to simulate the behavior of an actual salamander. In this video, you can see how gracefully it slithers through the water and how quickly it senses solid ground for crawling. It was intended to advance the field of robotic locomotion, but potential applications could be search and rescue missions. Say hello to the future of amphibians!