Robotic Cockroaches could navigate tight spaces to save humans. If you have ever lived with cockroaches , you know they can squeeze their way into "ANYTHING" and withstand a heavy STOMP. Researchers at UC Berkeley studied the American cockroach which can squeeze to 1/4th of it's height, and bounce back from being crushed by 900 times it's body weight , that would equal 123,000 pounds for the average human
Researchers built the robots with same abilities. Dr. Kaushak Jayaram used his research to build CRAM.
Cram's flexible legs can still run when squeezed flat and the hard plastic shell can bounce back after being CRUSHED. It can run through tight spaces, even compressed to half it's height.
The CRAM technology could be used to find survivors of emergency situations