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)
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?
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.
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
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.
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