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Meet maiden bio-inspired soft octobot

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Meet maiden bio-inspired soft octobot

Octobot, a tiny soft robot is the world’s first autonomous soft robot, which reseachers hope can be developed for search and rescue operations.

In a study published Wednesday in the journal Nature, researchers from Harvard University describe how a chemical reaction inside Octobot turns a small amount of hydrogen peroxide into a gas that flows through the robot’s arms, making them wiggle.

A tiny circuit inside the robot controls when the hydrogen peroxide turns into a gas.

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For the moment, Octobot is only a proof-of-concept design.

But the engineers who created it hope it will pave the way for even wackier and complex soft robots that could, for example, help in search-and-rescue missions by squeezing into spaces where no human can go.

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