A consortium of European researchers are designing a robotic octopus body and brain they say will be the first entirely soft robot. The robotic octopus will be able to propel itself through water, elongate its arms, and use them to reach and grasp items. A prototype can now manipulate its flexible tentacles to shoot itself through water in a movement known as sculling, as well as grasp objects and move via gaits not possible for the real animal. (Source: OCTOPUS Project)
You're welcome, Deberah. DN has covered soft robotics before, most recently here: http://www.designnews.com/author.asp?section_id=1386&doc_id=249826 This new one isn't actually the first, but it is the first that's entirely soft, with no hard components. That's quite a feat.
Thanks Ann for such an informative post to be very frank unfortunately I was unaware of soft robots . I really liked this idea as it is economical as compared to other robots, more flexible and highly capable
At this time, my 'Ultimate Toy' sits rolled up in my pocket. We think it needs exposure in a film like my script called "Free Parking" with a whole lot of other tricky stuff! Truth is, she is loney and would like more similar friends to be loved!
Inside her soft and cuddly fluffy outside, there is a combination of 2 sets of 3 flexible legs for walking and grasping, driven by air logic and some infamous string. There is a reverse facing pouch for carrying things like a wombat.
Her heart does other stuff in a trainset http://www.miningfamilies.com/projects.html and a mining application http://www.mitseals.com (pronounced 'mighty seals') with NFC (near field communications) and a unique zigbee number.
Don, that is hysterical--thanks for the info on soft robot toys. It's even kind of cute. Unfortunately, the name Ultimate Toy gives a lot of listings on Google that aren't yours. Can you give us a link?
Soft robots are exciting, but not new. The best part now are the bits and pieces to reproduce them at very economical costs, even our Ultimate Toy.
Our Ultimate Toy started life in 1982 as an useful toy that took care of itself, walking and climbing around on its 6 legs and recharging on a recharge mat. It responded to squeezing and voice recognition, even having a short conversation. It could also respond to voice commands, even doing useful things like retrieving stuff and tasks like unlocking cars. ( A sort of remote third hand).
And the best part, this CD sized mate can be rolled up and carried in your pocket to be a 24/7 helpul companion, at work, war, rest or play.
It is yet another interesting development in the Bio mimicry development which I must say is really useful, sea surveying was initially done by animals which in most cases the operators had limited control but with this new robot the exercise will be carried out with ease. This technology really does make the automotive robot look like a Stone Age creature.
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