Scientists are studying the movement patterns of three-legged dogs to aid robotics innovations.

Scientists from the University of Jena in Germany are taking the aid of three-legged dogs to help in their robot-building strategies. A study used dogs that had lost either a fore-limb or a hind-limb, and ran them on treadmills while they were filmed from several angles with high speed cameras. By understanding the pattern of their movement, and how these dogs compensate for the loss of a limb, the scientists hope to develop robots that could compensate for similar problems that they might encounter.

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