A menagerie of robotic animals

RoboLobsterIt looked like a joke to us when we first spotted the RoboLobster (c'mon a robotic lobster?), but this bot actually has a useful purpose: to find mines. The US military developed these bots, which copy the great grip real lobsters have, allowing it to get under or over rocks with ease to find that hidden mine. Sometimes it makes more sense to just copy nature rather than create something entirely new, and the concept of biomimetics has totally caught hold of the robotics field lately, with robotic mules, snakes, flies, and geckos all crawling and wriggling out of laboratories.