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Researchers Develop World's First Soft Robot
7/19/2013

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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)
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)

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mrdon
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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