We all do watch a number of sci- fi Hollywood movies, but rarely do we realize that we may someday encounter these in real life as well. This creation from Harvard may just blow your mind. The eight-legged freaky creature in the picture is an octobot and is a robot made from soft tissues, a pneumatic network is embedded in the body of the machine, appearing red and has hyper-elastic actuator arms appearing blue in the picture given alongside.
According a new study, conducted by the Harvard University the squishy robotic creation is completely wire free and does not need any battery support for illuminating but runs on liquid fuel. The octopus resembling robot, hence octobot is 2.5-inch wide and 6.5 inches long. It is prepared to adapt easily to bio surroundings and marks an innovation in creating autonomous robots, which can adapt to environment and interact with humans.
Earlier on robots were mostly constructed from metals and were more rigid and stiff even in their movements this caused problems with the motor skills and movements as they were prone to get tripped, bumped scraped, scathed which caused potential damage.
The new age soft-celled robots are more resistant to the damage as they can squirm past the obstacles and are more agile. They are not hindered by wires, as they stand untethered and the movement is propelled by the eight arms, which are pneumatically driven by the oxygen gas, which is given off by the liquid hydrogen peroxide gas after a chemical reaction with the platinum catalysts. The octobot weighs nearly 0.2-ounce i.e. 6 gms and is managed via 3d printing network, molding and a work of soft Lithography to produce the lookalike effect of a live Octopus.
According to researchers at the Harvard University, this could be a helpful innovation for human populated environments and may seek potential application in high-risk search, rescue operations as these are economical with just over $2 for material, and 5 cents for fuel fill. These could be an asset to manage a tension investigative scene.
Presently the octobot can only move its arms and the scientists are working on other sensory features and complex movements to propel and even swim. An addition of integrated sensors would allow them to react to their surrounding environment. At present there is no on of device for the bot as it is activated once filled with fuel however, future bots may have control devices. The present run time of the octobot is recorded to be 6-8 minutes however this could be largely improved by working on the design and control of the robot.
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