This cute tentacle robot will make you feel like a tiny Cthulhu
"Ph'nglui mglw'nafh Cthulhu R'lyeh wgah'nagl fhtagn. Image: Harvard SEAS By Stan Schroeder2020-02-28 14:34:39 UTC Not an Elder God or octopus, but still want to pick up things with tentacles? Look no further than this octopus-inspired...
Not an Elder God or octopus, but still want to pick up things with tentacles?
Look no further than this octopus-inspired soft robotic arm that you can use to manipulate objects.
Beyond being cute, there's some interesting science behind the robot. According to co-author of the paper behind the bot, August Domel, "most previous research on octopus-inspired robots focused either on mimicking the suction or the movement of the arm, but not both.”
By combining both traits into one device, the researchers were able to grip objects with a single tentacle, whereas traditional approaches would require multiple tentacles to achieve the same feat.
As you can see in the video above, the researchers successfully tested the robotic arm on a variety of objects of varying shapes and sizes, and were even able to retrieve objects from confined spaces.
The results of the study could help researches build a next-generation of soft robotic actuators, as well as help us understand how octopi do the cool things they do.