Though it lacks a head, fur, whiskers and a miaow-ing sound, the ‘cheetah-cub robot’, developed by researchers at the École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL) in Switzerland, has unmistakably been modeled on a cat. The name’s a bit of a giveaway, too. The aim of the ongoing project, which is being run by EPFL’s Biorobotics Laboratory (Biorob), is to build a robot which is small, light and fast, with researchers turning to the animal kingdom for inspiration. The Biorob team hopes its work will encourage further research in the field of biomechanics. The technology, designed to give robots speed, agility and stability, could be used to build similar machines for search and rescue missions. via Digital Trends.