Gumby-like flexible robot crawls in tight spaces

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  1. Gahars
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    Hey, GBA Temp, I've got more science news just for you (Should I start giving these a stupid, kitschy title like Tech Tidbits?).

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    Basically, these scientists have made a prototype robot that move through tight spaces like an octopus or a starfish. While this seems to be merely an experimental "Hey, let's see if we can even do this" attempt on the part of the scientists, there are similar projects out there that aim to create robots that can find and rescue those trapped under rubble; I wouldn't be surprised if it was eventually adapted for that.

    Even if isn't, I'd like to see what other applications are found for this technology. Any ideas?
     
  2. Scott-105

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    Looks kinda cool. I don't really see what it could do though...It looks to small to save people under rubble.
     
  3. Gahars
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    Well, this is just a prototype. Presumably, a larger one would find those who are trapped and alert rescue workers to their exact location; maybe, somewhere down the road, it would be outfitted so that it could remove the rubble/pull them out.
     
  4. OJClock

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    Keep up the science news, I'm loving it.
    This new thing sounds an awful lot like iRobot's blob robot

    Edit: youtube bbcode doesn't like me here's a link instead.
     
  5. junkerde

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    Harvard scientists have built a new type of flexible rubber that bends.
     
  6. junkerde

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    le no.
     
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  7. Veho

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    That's simply horrifying :wtf: Horrible twitching bladder blob thing D:
     
  8. Bobbyloujo

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    That's awesome!
     
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    Was hoping for this type of Gumby -

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  10. ferofax

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    getting through rubble is good and all, but it would need to be:

    1. small & compact
    2. have a method of moving that is NOT dependent on treads, wheels or clunky robot legs that can't support anything. maybe it's high time scientist figure out how to imitate a snake's movements & surface tractability? not unlikely, since man has already made a bird automaton that flies under its own power.
    3. not very expensive, because under a rubble, anything can happen, stuff can move and crush it without any warning.