DASH (Dynamic Autonomous Sprawled Hexapod) robots are being built by the Biomimetic Millisystems Laboratory at the University of California.

DASH (Dynamic Autonomous Sprawled Hexapod) robots are being built by the Biomimetic Millisystems Laboratory at the University of California. These devices are built from cardboard and simple mechanical components that can be assembled in less than an hour at a cost of less than $10. Modeled after the movement of cockroaches, the robots are quick (1.5 meters/second), can scale objects larger than themselves, and are becoming increasingly sophisticated as the DASH team continues to develop them.

Director of the Biomimetic Millisystems Lab Ron Fearing has hope for developing the current prototypes to include attachable sensors for the purpose of assisting construction and repair projects, among many other practical applications. Speaking of the repair of the Bay Bridge in San Francisco, Fearing is quoted below:

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