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

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A robotic octopus' tentacle has been designed to grasp objects and manipulate them like a real octopus does, as well as work together to move through water.   (Source: OCTOPUS Project)
A robotic octopus' tentacle has been designed to grasp objects and manipulate them like a real octopus does, as well as work together to move through water.
(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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