Scientists train spider to jump on demand to discover secrets of animal movement to imagine a new class of agile micro-robots

2019 January

The study, conducted by researchers at *The University of Manchester, is the most advanced of its kind to date and first to use 3D CT scanning and high-speed, high-resolution cameras to record, monitor and analyse a spider’s movement and behaviour.

The aim of the research is to answer the question of why jumping spider anatomy and behaviour evolved the way it did, and secondly, to use this improved understanding of spiders to imagine a new class of agile micro-robots that are currently unthinkable using today’s engineering technologies.

The researchers trained the spider, which they nicknamed Kim.