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New 'Rubber Robot' Crawls Through Small Spaces With Inflatable Limbs

JoeRobe writes "Researchers at Harvard have grown-up a pneumatically-controlled rubber robot that combines meter and quadrupedal 'crawling,' allowing it to maintain a low profile while moving. In a paper published in PNAS (abstract), they rehearse it as a 'soft robot, belong to exclusively of soft materials (elastomeric polymers), which is inspired by animals (e.g., squid, starfish, worms) that do not have hard inside skeletons.' The robot is solely powered by approximately low shear (10 psi), and illegal drug by 5 pneumatic actuators. The probe was funded by DARPA." The paper is also remittable (not paywalled) from the researchers' project site (PDF), finish with more creepy images of the squidbot.

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