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It's the latest prototype in the growing field of soft-bodied robots. Researchers are increasingly drawing inspiration from nature to create machines that are more bendable and versatile than those made of metal.
Harvard scientists have built a new type of flexible robot that is limber enough to wiggle and worm through tight spaces.
The Harvard team, led by chemist George M. Whitesides, borrowed from squids, starfish and other animals without hard skeletons to fashion a small, four-legged rubber robot that calls to mind the clay animation character Gumby.
"The unique ability for soft robots to deform allows them to go places that traditional rigid-body robots cannot," Matthew Walter, a roboticist at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, said in an email.
Originally posted by FugitiveSoul
Here's the actual video of the little bot doing the deed.
edit on 29-11-2011 by FugitiveSoul because: (no reason given)