Meet Octobot, the world’s first soft-bodied fully autonomous robot that doesn’t need tethering for working use.

This Octopus-inspired machine was unveiled last week as seen on Nature.com, that could pave the way for future projects by creating more advanced autonomous robots. Octobot is a base starting platform to realize what is possible with more advanced techniques.

With the use of 3D printing technology and microfluid logic, Harvard University researchers have created something remarkable. Using this technology, researchers can further explore a variety of fields to gain more understanding. We could potentially see intelligent micro soft robots used inside of the human body for a variety of applications or exploring the depths of the world’s oceans in places nearly impossible to reach.

Octobot Robot

This soft-bodied robot uses all sorts of fluids to use its squishy physical structure. You won’t find any fancy circuitry inside, just a mashup of chemicals. To avoid its self-destruction, Octobot needs to release excess gas as it moves.

Check the short video below for a brief explanation of Octobot. For a complete breakdown on this project, you can read the paper in full, at Nature.com

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