April 14, 2009

Octopus IP - First Soft Robot of the Deep

The Octopus IP has sensory motor capabilities in a design that is based on the arms of its real counterpart so that it performs similarly in water in terms of speed, control, flexibility, dexterity and applicability. The Italian Institute claims that it is the first entirely soft robot that will be used to check out the ocean floor. It can bend in all directions, has 194% of elongation in each arm, a 40N pulling force and 50 x 106 neurons in each arm. We find the idea and video both fascinating and freaky, do you?

Via Octopus Project

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Posted by Sheila Franklin at April 14, 2009 9:12 AM
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