—Octopus look-alike is first robot that’s self-powered, untethered, and entirely soft ““Octobot” paves the way for a new generation of wearable electronics and biomedical applications” An eight-armed soft robot’s rhythmic, tentacle-flailing dance routine is so awkwardly cute that you might not immediately grasp the engineering feat achieved by the octopus mimic. Dubbed the “octobot,” it is the first robot to be self-propelled, untethered, and made entirely from soft materials (Nature 2016, DOI: 10.1039/nature19100). Previous soft robots have either had some rigid components or they’ve been attached to a rigid system, explains Harvard University’s Jennifer A.
by Sarah Everts |
September 05, 2016