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Monday, November 2, 2009

Soft robot technology

iRobot, the people that make the Roomba, are among the robotics companies on the forefront of new technology. Just look at the video for their newest creation; a "soft robot" using something called "jamming" skin:

It's kinda gross-- looks like something Rob Bottin made in a bad 80s horror film. The applications are somewhat imaginable, although my brain can't get around how they will be able to keep this thing from being so slimey-looking. But, then again, that's not my job. Mine is just to look at this thing and say things like "That's...interesting." Or, as Homer Simpson would say "What an amazing time we live in!"

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