Sometimes something appears and you experience that “science fiction becoming everyday life” feeling. I track these, as they are fine signals of the future.
Here are two from this week.
First, from the realm of 3d printing, an octopus-thing has been printed into life! Harvard calls it an octobot, or “the first soft, autonomous robot.”
Harvard’s octobot is pneumatic-based, i.e., it is powered by gas under pressure. A reaction inside the bot transforms a small amount of liquid fuel (hydrogen peroxide) into a large amount of gas, which flows into the octobot’s arms and inflates them like a balloon.
There’s a video, of course, which can’t be embedded in WordPress, so use this link, or gaze upon a screengrab:
Popular Science thinks it’s still in early days:
The fuel, circuits, and motors are all printed within the octobot’s body. Right now, the autonomy consists of the machine deciding when to…
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