World’s first entirely soft robot is an octopus

Yeah, yeah, we’re huge fans of octopi. We’re also huge fans of robots. Which makes the octopus robot just that much more magical. This isn’t just any robo-octo either, it’s the world’s first entirely soft robot too. Primarily developed for search and rescue missions at sea, the robot moves with six silicone tentacles and uses two specialized tentacles — tricked out with artificial muscles, motors and sensors — to detect objects and grasp them. We’ve seen the videos and the tentacles look uncannily like they belong to a real octopus, thanks to its skin made out of knitted nylon textile coated with waterproof silicone rubber. The first prototype of the beast is currently displayed in London at the Science Museum.

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