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Pneumatic octopus is first soft, solo robot

02 September 2016

Circuit board.

Made from silicone gels of varying stiffness, the "octobot" is powered by a chemical reaction that pushes gas through chambers in its rubbery legs. The hope is that one day, soft robots will wiggle their way into awkward surgical locations or squeeze under obstacles on search-and-rescue missions.

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Keywords: robot, characteristics of technology, characteristics of technological outcomes

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