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Scientists develop bizarre worm-like robot

Posted on Saturday, 22 July, 2017 | Comment icon 6 comments

The robot can squeeze through even the smallest of gaps. Image Credit: YouTube / Stanford University
Stanford University researchers have built a robot that can literally worm its way around anything.
Made from polyethylene, the device is capable of squeezing through tiny gaps, snaking up around tall objects and circumnavigating tiny spaces that would normally be impossible to traverse.

Its length can grow from as little as 28cm to as long as 72 meters and it is capable of changing direction at any time by pumping air through its internal chambers.

It can move at speeds of up to 22mph and can even lift up heavy objects by expanding underneath.

"Across kingdoms and length scales, certain cells and organisms navigate their environments not through locomotion but through growth," the team wrote.

"We report a class of soft pneumatic robot that is capable of a basic form of this behavior, growing substantially in length from the tip while actively controlling direction using onboard sensing of environmental stimuli."

The scientists believe that the device could prove beneficial in a wide variety of applications from threading cables between walls to seeking out victims trapped in rubble after an earthquake.

Source: Independent | Comments (6)

Tags: Worm, Robot

Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #1 Posted by Chaldon on 22 July, 2017, 12:17
Yeah but how about folding back?
Comment icon #2 Posted by DieChecker on 23 July, 2017, 4:52
That is weird. Super cool though. I can see it being applicable in LOTS of conditions/situations.
Comment icon #3 Posted by Krater on 23 July, 2017, 6:48
They invented the ballon. Fantastic.
Comment icon #4 Posted by DieChecker on 23 July, 2017, 7:12
Ahhh... But it is a balloon with a camera on the end.
Comment icon #5 Posted by Ashyne on 25 July, 2017, 13:48
a very crude looking thing
Comment icon #6 Posted by Sundew on 2 August, 2017, 21:08
Have to start somewhere. The Model T came before the Ferrari.

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