As you know, I am a big believer in “Moore’s Echo,” the law that states whatever is cutting edge technology will be a toy in 7 years (and I think it’s down to 3). For that reason, I like to keep on the lookout for candidates for toys of the future. For that reason, I suggest that you check out the Worm and Octopus Robots.
The Octopus Robot
The Octopus Robot stems from collaboration between the Pentagon and Harvard University (quite a combination). Here is how CBS News describes it in an online article entitled: “Soft, squishy octopus robot with built-in camouflage”:
If you think all robots have to be clanking, metal machines, think again. According to the Pentagon and Harvard University, the future of robotics may be soft and squishy. The two organizations have collaborated on a new generation of tiny robots that are cheap, soft and vaguely octopus-like. They also have built-in camouflage.
It’s made of silicon and has “microfluidic” channels; in other words if you cut it, it bleeds. It’s still in the prototype stage but here is a video released by Defense of Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA).
In my next posting, we look at the “Meshworm,” the robot worm.