24 SERVO 05.2014
Razor clams are absolutely spectacular at
digging. It's what they do. They're tricky about it,
too. They've actually figured out a way to move
their shells back and forth to liquify the sand or
mud surrounding them, making it easier to
burrow downwards by reducing drag.
Researchers at MIT are interested in
duplicating this technique to make underwater
anchoring (useful for boats, cable deployment,
and mines) much more energy efficient.
In the case of the horseshoe crabs, it's
shallow ocean waters with soft sandy or muddy
bottoms, and entering and exiting surf zones that they do best.
RoboCrab is not the fastest robot nor is it the most graceful.
That's totally okay, though, because it's very effective in the
environment that it's been designed for. Plus, it's adorable.
MAKE(R) IT HAPPEN
Students can lead the maker revolution with the
nation's first fully accredited Bachelor of Science degree
in digital making and fabrication at the University of
Advancing Technology (UAT) in Tempe, AZ. The regionally
accredited private technology university is currently
enrolling for the maker degree program's founding class
of 2014 that begins this fall.
In the first year of this product design degree
program, only 45 students will get the once-in-a-lifetime
opportunity to become the first educated maker experts
in an area of technological change reshaping the nation
and world. Now, students can develop their own
inventions in an exclusive campus-wide/open lab
environment beginning their first year. As part of their
curriculum, digital maker and fabrication graduates file
their own US patent. They learn to take an idea from
concept to prototype, and how to raise venture capital to
bring innovation to market. Scholarship opportunities for
the digital maker and fabrication degree are available.
The unprecedented product design degree combines
the curriculums and capability of UAT's existing and
respected degrees in Robotics and Embedded Systems,
Artificial Life Programming, Advancing Computer Science,
Tech Product Design, Virtual Modeling & Design, and
Among other firsts, the UAT product design program
is the first in Arizona to launch a digital maker fabrication
lab on campus: the UAT Makers Fab Lab. Modeled from
the design of MIT's first Fab Lab community, the UAT
Makers Fab Lab is equipped with the latest 3D printers,
maker bots, CNC cutters, software, and more.
For more information and a "founding student"
application for UAT's digital maker and fabrication degree
program, visit www.UAT.edu/DMF. For more
information on UAT's Makers Fab Lab, visit