The iStruct robot from DFKI draws inspiration from biological models to improve the mobility and efficiency of locomotive robots.


  • Improved locomotion
  • Improved flexibility


  • Robotics

UN Sustainable Development Goals Addressed

  • Goal 9: Industry Innovation & Infrastructure

The Challenge

Locomotive robots could prove useful in a variety of ways, especially by performing tasks that can be dangerous to humans, such as assisting during natural disasters. However, creating machines that move as quickly and fluidly as animals is a challenging task.

Innovation Details

The iStruct robot contains biologically-inspired structural elements which effectively improve the locomotion and mobility of the robot. Rigid connecting elements are extended to single more flexible subsystems, and important sections of the robot have been protected against impacts and abrupt movements as well as vibrations.

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