# Thread: Cardboard Minehunter Robot: $US65 Each 1. ## Cardboard Minehunter Robot:$US65 Each

When you watch its first attempts to flop across on the sand, you feel worried that it won’t be able to get its body to its final destination. But then it gets a flipper up and digs into the sand just right, and you go from worry to wonder as it starts to slide along. This drama isn’t just for baby sea turtles, but now includes the CTurtle robot that uses machine learning to understand how to walk across the sand.

A team of researchers led by Heni Ben Amor and Daniel Aukes at Arizona State wanted to create a robot that could deal with different types of footing, like shifting sand, and the CTurtle is their answer. The crawler robot costs $70 to build and uses inspiration from how sea turtles move to deal with crossing the sand. Similar to baby sea turtles, the CTurtle has to learn how to travel, using machine learning programs to adapt to its surroundings. “If we use tricks from nature, it learns much faster,” Ben Amor says in the press statement. “You can use that initial inspiration from nature to get things going.” Despite its adorable nature, the CTurtle has the potential to perform the serious work of finding landmines as it slides through deserts. More @ linky 2. ## Re: Cardboard Minehunter Robot:$US65 Each

FFS!

CARDBOARD! Useless in the wet.

3. ## Re: Cardboard Minehunter Robot: $US65 Each Darwinsbulldog said FFS! CARDBOARD! Useless in the wet. In the desert, using these, they are. - Yoda 4. ## Re: Cardboard Minehunter Robot:$US65 Each

The Irreverent Mr Black said
In the desert, using these, they are. - Yoda
It rains in the desert you know. Plus often there is a mist.

5. ## Re: Cardboard Minehunter Robot: $US65 Each Darwinsbulldog said The Irreverent Mr Black said In the desert, using these, they are. - Yoda It rains in the desert you know. Plus often there is a mist. At$65 a whack, they can save a few for a rainy day.

For everything else, there's that wax they put on banana crates.

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