Meet the octobot: A first for soft robotics
For the first time, a soft robot has been built that moves on its own with no batteries or cables.
It comes from the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS) at Harvard University - and it takes the form of a 7cm pneumatic octopus.
The "octopod" can't walk or swim, but it raises alternating sets of legs in a very slow, eight-legged can-can.
Researchers say it is a key step on the path to making soft robots that can help in messy. real-world situations - like surgery - where rigid robots fail.
Footage: Lori Sanders, Ryan Truby, Michael Wehner, Robert Wood and Jennifer Lewis - Harvard SEAS.
25 Aug 2016
- From the section Science & Environment