Robotic Octopus

octopusThe Italian Institute of Technology is developing the world’s first entirely soft robot.

They are building a robotic octopus so that researchers and oceanographers will be able to reach into all the nooks and crannies on the ocean floor.

The robotic octopus will have the following features:

  • Virtually infinite number of DOF
  • All-direction bending
  • 194% of elongation of each arm
  • Variable and controllable stiffness
  • 40N pulling force (1 arm, @3/4 of length)
  • Manipulation capability with unexpected dexterity
  • Distributed control (50x106neurons in each arm, more than in the brain)
  • Link via (New Scientist)

    Video after the break.

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    One Response to Robotic Octopus

    1. Lucy says:

      like octopii aren’t scary enough!

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