25 Nov '11, 9pm

Inflatable Robots: The Cheap, Lightweight Robotic Alternative?

Inflatable Robots: The Cheap, Lightweight Robotic Alternative?

I have to say, I am really excited about the potential of inflatable robots. For one, making robots from fabric can have huge implications on the future of materials usage. Also, when Cyberdyne Systems finally does go all Skynet on mankind, we might actually stand a fighting chance against these walking bouncy houses. The 15-foot-long Ant-Roach (pictured above) really demonstrates the carrying capacity and high strength-to-weight ratios of these inflatable structures. It weighs in just under 70 lbs but it can carry up to 1000 lbs, making the payload of a few people no problem at all. The initial concept was more elephant-like but the final product came out like this anteater-cockroach hybrid, hence its name. This huggable robot was developed by Otherlab's Pneubotics program ; a collaborative effort between the San-Francisco-based research firm, Meka Robotics, Stanford Univ...

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