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Meet Treebot, the tree-climbing forest sentinel which may be China's new answer to forest preservation

Meet Treebot, the tree-climbing forest sentinel which may be China's new answer to forest preservation

A robot named 'Treebot', developed by the Chinese university of Hong Kong, climbs on a tree in Hong Kong. -- PHOTO: REUTERS HONG KONG - INSPIRED by tiny caterpillars, Treebot may be China's new answer to forest preservation. The slinky robot grips trees with spidery legs to climb and is equipped with a camera to spot any dangers to forests high amidst the leaves. Its segmented body allows it to negotiate complex branches and make turns. Dr Xu Yangsheng, a professor at the Chinese University in Hong Kong, said nature gave him the idea for his creation. 'I used to basically observe how inchworms actually walk on the trees and I like this idea very much,' he said. 'I thought we should develop a robot monitoring the situation in the forest, especially now there are so many fires, so many environmental disasters happening in the forest areas.' Treebot's camera transmits images ...

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