Engineering Innovation Podcast and Radio Series

Frankenstein Bat

PostedOctober 26, 2008

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Randy Atkins: Timothy Horiuchi, a University of Maryland engineer, is fascinated by bats.

Timothy Horiuchi: They hunt for insects in the air in complete darkness, and so we’d like to be able to replicate some of these capabilities.

Randy Atkins: Horiuchi says if you want to understand how something works, build it.  He’s starting with the brain.

Timothy Horiuchi: It’s not just to build an engineering system that can fly like a bat.  It’s really more about testing the ideas that are coming out or neuroscience in a real robotic system.

Randy Atkins: The findings could lead to uses for people…ranging from the handicapped to the military.  With the National Academy of Engineering, Randy Atkins, 103 point 5 F-M, WTOP Radio.