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The Octobot Is The First Soft Robot With No Electronics

The definition of a robot is extending far beyond the image of a clunky, metal device with wheels and wires. Harvard University proved that in September 2016 with the groundbreaking creation they are calling the "octobot." The octobot is the world's first fully autonomous, entirely soft robot. Also special about this squishy robot? It was 3D-printed and includes no electronics.

Soft robotics may gain even more importance in the future, because it could help humans interact with machines. Until now, even soft robots had some sort of rigid circuit board, wires, or batteries attached. But the octobot doesn't rely on electronics to power it at all. Instead, it uses chemical reactions to move. Watch the octobot in action in the video below.

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Introducing The Octobot

Very cute, but also a major milestone.

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Soft Robots Could Improve Medicine

They can squeeze throw small spaces.

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What's So Great About Soft Robots?

Soft robots are better equipped to deal with uncertain environments and potentially damaging elements than rigid ones.

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Key Facts In This Video

  1. Soft robots are better equipped to deal with uncertain environments and potentially damaging elements than rigid ones. 00:14

  2. See how a soft robot arm modeled after an octopus tentacle behaves underwater: 02:06

  3. Flexible robots could allow surgeons to navigate and see inside a patient's body with greater precision. 03:41

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