26 Aug '16, 11am

The octobot is the worlds first autonomous soft-bodied robot

The octobot is the worlds first autonomous soft-bodied robot

, soft lithography, and molding to shape the robot’s body from silicone. Rather than a traditional battery or electronic components, the small robot is pneumatic-based, meaning it’s powered by gas under pressure. The robot uses a small amount of hydrogen peroxide as fuel. A chemical reaction to platinum within the bot creates gas which inflates the octobot’s tentacles like balloons. A microfluidic logic circuit controls the flow of fuel in the octobot’s limbs, inflating four at a time to propel the device forward.

Full article: http://inhabitat.com/the-octobot-is-the-worlds-first-auto...

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