Though ants have long been known to carry loads many times their own weight, a new study has cast light on the extent of this strength and the mechanics responsible for it. Research conducted by a team from The Ohio State University suggests an ant can lift 5,000 times its own body weight, with its neck bearing most of the load, providing a potential blueprint for the development of much stronger robots.
This opens up possibilities for the development of micro-sized robots, where systems made up of soft and hard components, like an ant’s body, could offer increased strength and durability. The researchers are looking at ways to adapt the attributes of the ant to larger-scale robotics, though it won’t be without complications as the strength of the ant is largely tied to its small body weight.
Read more by Nick Lavers, gizmag, February 12, 2014