It's a great time to be building robots. Today, there are many robot variants that mimic the biology we see in nature. Here is a collection of a few. I think this is amazing. At the same time it is fantastic that there are a lot of interesting robots yet to be built, both familiar and alien. There are no limitations to that which we can imagine.
Robotic Animals - Bio-inspired Robot Menagerie
Robot - Spy Fish: Charlie the CIA spy fish.
The Eel - Eelume Undersea robot for undersea inspection use cases.
The Slitherbot: posted on Hack-a-day Slitherbot
|Slitherbot - hackaday.io
TESLA Snake: This was really a automated Charging Connector prototype. It is best viewed in YouTube at x2 normal speed!
And then there is Festo!! Festo is a German company that specialized in automation. The have a lab that produces bionic innovations which cover a full spectrum of animals. Anyone (or all of them) of which would be an internet sensation. [makes me wonder why we don't see them more in the wild. ?]
bionic Ants (Festo) - a natural for swarms too.
Centipede Robot - for getting into hard to reach places
And animal robots are a clear cut winner for pets - more companion animals:
Animatronics - let's make humans! at least human parts...
this is about the creepiest eye camera there is to date! It is wonderful! :D
and on Tested:
Summary - there are many instances of biomimicry. It is in our very nature to anthropomorphize robots so why not start to build directly in the medium?