Friday, 18 November 2011

A creepy snail-like soft robot from MIT

Soft actuator: DRL, CSAIL, MIT
One of the members of Premier Farnell's element14 has just posted about a soft robot which uses hydraulics to move around.  (The post suggests there are chemical reactions involved, but that doesn't seem to be the case).

The picture shows an actuator like those used to move the robot.

If that's not scary enough, you can watch a video.

I find the snail-like creature rather scary; it wouldn't be out of place in Doctor Who. Luckily it moves so slowly that escape would be fairly simple, unless you're surrounded by the beasts!

The original poster cited a paper on the Distributed Robotics Laboratory Wiki. You'll find many other fascinating robotics projects described there.

It's a great place to look for inspiration if you want to start a robotics  project that would really stand out.

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