Itsy bitsy spider robots might crawl around inside you one day
Less than 0.2 inches long and stylish to the point of gaudiness, male peacock spiders are some of the jewels of the arachnid world. Unless you live in parts of Australia and spend lots of time in the spring looking around for tiny spiders, you probably know them from GIFs, where their characteristic courtship dances have caught the eye of an internet always hungry for bizarre animals. Now, the jazzy little spider has provided inspiration for soft robotics researchers from Harvard University. Their new peacock spider robot is less than an inch long, and it has some amazing properties.