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Researchers Develop World's First Soft Robot

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William K.
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William K.   7/22/2013 9:55:49 PM
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OK, now it has a reasonable name: Bio MImimicry, which explans it all in the name. Very good. It will be quite interesting to see what uses come up for this technology.

And it is an interesting engineering direction, since good engineering proactice is to start with something that works if you can make it fit your application. So just copy the animals that most closely follow the motions that you are looking for. 

Now, how can they produce that octopus with 3D printing?

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mrdon   7/23/2013 1:19:16 PM
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Charles, Thanks for the MIT Robotic Cheetah information from the Osgood files. Here's additional from the MIT website on their robotic cheetah research.

 

http://biomimetics.mit.edu:8100/wordpress/videos/

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mrdon   7/23/2013 1:31:17 PM
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Rob, The intended product use of the designer and how the end user applies it to their application is what makes Disruptive Technology so fascinating. You never known how the customer will use your product. The field of robotics is an area of technology that is quite receptive to disruption.

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Ann R. Thryft   7/24/2013 12:00:17 PM
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Thanks, mrdon. Good point about cameras.

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Ann R. Thryft   7/24/2013 12:05:52 PM
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Biomimicry has been around for some time in robot design. Boston Dynamics was one of the early pioneers by studying not only how land animals looked, but mimicking how they move, as well. They also developed a robot cheetah before MIT did: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=chPanW0QWhA

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Pubudu   7/25/2013 12:35:30 PM
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Thanks Ann for sharing, it's really interesting.

Love to see a video can you please share a link if there is any. 

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Pubudu   7/25/2013 12:50:04 PM
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Very true mrdon, this will be very useful innovation,

When the foundation is done it will be very easy to add existing technology to it. 

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Ann R. Thryft   7/25/2013 1:11:46 PM
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Pubudu, my previous post included a video link for BD's robot cheetah.

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AnandY   7/26/2013 6:07:13 AM
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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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Soft robots - started as soft toys, 30 years ago!
Don Yates   8/9/2013 8:26:46 PM
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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.





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