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Researchers Develop World's First Soft Robot

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Rob Spiegel
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Rob Spiegel   7/19/2013 11:05:01 AM
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That's a very cool, robot, Ann. Given that it looks so much like a real octopus, it makes you wonder if it looks that way to mimic the looks of an octopus or whether there are efficiency reasons for the resemblance.

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apresher   7/19/2013 11:05:24 AM
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Ann,  Excellent slide show and technology.  Seeing what new applications emerge will be very interesting and also how this approach evolves.

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Ann R. Thryft   7/19/2013 12:36:40 PM
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Thanks, Rob. I think the answer to your question is "both."

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Charles Murray   7/19/2013 6:12:14 PM
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Very cool story. I don't think Festo's robotic jellyfishh qualifies as a "soft robot," but it might be called semi-soft.

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a.saji   7/20/2013 11:44:04 AM
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@Charles: Yes not soft but semi –soft would be the ideal name for it. Anyway the performance factor too should be compared with the normal ones as a well before calling it a complete robot. 

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mrdon   7/20/2013 12:53:49 PM
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Ann, The slides are quite impressive. I can see these robotic octopi helping in underwater explorations or search and rescue operations because of their small size, flexibility, and agility. Adding a small camera will definitely provide a plus to the robotics attributes mentioned. Very nice article Ann!

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mrdon   7/20/2013 1:04:10 PM
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Rob, I agree. Biomimicry is definitely an becoming a Disruptive Technology in the robotics arena. The UAV robots used by the Army and Oceanographers will definitely be interested in this new form of robotics technology. These soft robots can explore the ocean depths without disturbing the undersea environment. Just imagine the amount of ocean data that can be obtain using a swarm of  robotic octopi, the mysteries to be uncover is mind-blogging.

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Ann R. Thryft   7/22/2013 12:58:48 PM
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Thanks, Chuck. Festo's robot jellyfish is definitely not a soft robot, since most of its structure is hard, not soft:

http://www.designnews.com/author.asp?section_id=1386&doc_id=246206&image_number=2

There are two other robotic jellyfish we've written about: one from Virginia Tech that incorporates soft materials, although with a hard structure http://www.designnews.com/author.asp?section_id=1386&doc_id=262067 and one from Harvard/Caltech that incorporates engineered tissue and silicone, which is a soft robot:

http://www.designnews.com/author.asp?section_id=1386&doc_id=250357

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Rob Spiegel   7/22/2013 4:33:12 PM
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MrDon, I hadn't thought of it as a disruptive technology, but you're right. It does turn the automotive spot welding robot on its head.

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Charles Murray   7/22/2013 6:49:13 PM
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I agree, MrDon. Biomimicry is gaining momentum. I heard this morning that MIT researchers are building a robotic cheetah. (See story #3 from today's "Osgood File" on CBS radio. Link below.)

http://osgoodfile.com/

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