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Disposable robots can sprint, fly, and potentially save lives

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Two VelociRoACH robots with radios, leg position sensors, gyroscopes and accelerometers help the robots orient themselves.

Robots that cost US$10 to $100 are cheaper to make and more useful to deploy in emergency situations than big robots with limited mobility.

The data can then be displayed on a tablet.

Robots developed by researchers as part of this program include the Miniroach, a hexapod robot a little larger than a U.S. quarter.

The autonomous robot can move roughly three centimeters per second.

The design of the robots is inspired by lizards and insects.

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