A lot of cool things get shown off at robotics conferences. One of the
conferences that showed off some really cool stuff this year is the IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation (ICRA).
The conference, which recently took place in Karlsruhe, Germany, showed
off a cool new robot cephalopod. The bot, which is based on an octopus,
The robots uses a technique that is designed to mimic the
motion of the actual animal, well at least some of them. It is no shock
that anything that spends all of its life swimming might have more than
one way to do it. For the time being the bot only manages to copy one of
the types of motions of the octopus. The bot has a hard body and a set
of soft undulating legs that move with the flow of the water.
bot is, for obvious reasons, water proof and was shown off working in
the controlled environment of a tank. There is no word on open ocean
testing at this time.
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