Researchers working for DARPA have created a soft robot that can walk and change colors.
The work is performed under DARPA’s Maximum Mobility and Manipulation or M3 program headed up by Gill Pratt.
This silicone robot that costs under $100 can even change it’s own temperature.
Gill Pratt states:
DARPA is developing a suite of robots that draw inspiration from the ingenuity and efficiency of nature. For defense applications, ingenuity and efficiency are not enough—robotic systems must also be cost effective. This novel robot is a significant advance towards achieving all three goals.
As you can see in the video below, the robot can blend into its surroundings by acting like a chameleon and changing it’s color.