Its design and control is motivated by a collaboration of roboticists, biologists, and mathematicians, in an attempt to capture specific biomechanical locomotion principles. RHex 0 operating principles are similar to those observed in cockroaches, despite the vastly different morphologies.
This `functional biomimesis' approach attempts to capture some of the animals' agility without having to copy each detail of their morphology.
E. Z. Moore, D. McMordie, M. Buehler, U. Saranli (U. Michigan), D.
E. Koditschek (U. Michigan), R. J. Full (UCB)