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A unique blob-like robot that is wet, fleshy and capable of squeezing through tiny holes is exciting scientists and horrifying bloggers.
The "Chembot" was unveiled at a robotics conference in the US last week and is the result of a multi-million dollar grant from the US Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA).
The robot moves by inflating and deflating parts of its body via a process called "jamming", which causes its silicone skin to change between semi-liquid and solid states.
DARPA hopes the robot will be able to assist in military search-and-rescue operations, where
"As a new kind of chemical robot (or chembot), the blob bot has stretchy silicone skin, which is composed of multiple cellular compartments that each contain a "jammable slurry." When some of these cells are unjammed, and an actuator in the center of the robot is inflated, the robot inflates in the areas of the unjammed cells. By controlling which cells are unjammed, the researchers can change the shape of the robot and make it roll in a specific direction. The new robot is being funded by DARPA, which gave iRobot $3.3 million to work on the chembot last year. The goal is to build a robot that can squeeze through tiny openings smaller than its own dimensions, which could be valuable in a variety of missions. The video shows the robot from about one year ago, and since then the researchers have been working on adding sensors and connecting multiple blob bots together. "
Originally posted by AccessDenied
I have seen better creations at a public school science fair.
Originally posted by zazzafrazz
reply to post by ELECTRICkoolaidZOMBIEtest
over 3 million dollars for a kids toy...ace!
i cant think what else they would do with it...it reminds me of a lung.
Originally posted by exposethosesecrets
It's funded by DARPA?
Bad news, as that means it's ultimate purpose is to kill, maim and destroy.