Octobots to the rescue!
August 17, 2012 |
Oh, this is just fantastic. Inspired by the humble octopus, scientists at Harvard University have invented a squishy colour-changing robot.
By pumping coloured dye through a network of surface channels, these camouflage-bots can try out a whole range of new looks. And by using fluorescent dye, they can even make themselves glow.
Why, you might reasonably ask? Well, a bendy, glow-in-the-dark robot would be great for search-and-rescue missions – it could crawl over obstacles, and it would be easy to spot in the dark. Octobots to the rescue? It could happen…
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