Soft, Autonomous Octobot Design Inspired by Octopus

Published by , August 29, 2016 2:00 am

(LATimes) A team of Harvard scientists have built entirely soft robot inspired by an octopus. The octobot could pave the way toward more effective soft robots that could be used in search and rescue, exploration and to more safely interact with humans. Traditionally, robots have been seen as stiff, angular entities, made of metal and other rigid materials.
“Creating a new class of fully soft, autonomous robots is a grand challenge, because it requires soft analogues of the control and power hardware currently used,” the study authors wrote in Nature.“ The octobot is a minimal system designed to demonstrate our integrated design and fabrication strategy which may serve as a foundation for a new generation of completely soft, autonomous robots.”

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