Why Georgia Tech Built a Tarzan Robot That Swings Around on Wires

The creators of Tarzan the robot explain how it works and its potential applications

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Tarzan the robot can swing around on overhead wires.

Generally, the term “aerial robot” is synonymous with “drone,” but there are lots of other ways for robots to avoid spending time on the ground. One of the most creative that we’ve seen recently comes from Georgia Tech Professor Jonathan Rogers, who has been working on a sloth-inspired aerial robot named Tarzan. The machine is designed to swing around on overhead wires strung above fields to monitor growing crops. And one day, it may swing around electrical wires in cities, too.