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This freaky soft robot is being developed at Harvard. It uses compressed air to inflate elastomer limbs and can walk, crawl, and slither through all kinds of small spaces and slippery substances. The translucency of the soft robot’s body reminds me of underwater crawly things like shrimp.

Becky Stern

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  1. Anonymous says:

    Reminds me of a leach.  Creapy indeed.

  2. Anonymous says:

    I read something a while back about organic, piezo-electric polymer “muscles” developed at MIT. I bet you could do some cool stuff if you combined the two, like squeeze bladders to move air (or some other fluid) around. 

  3. Anonymous says:

    Hey, didn’t I post this very article on monday, on the Makezine forum site, you folks just woke up? :-)

    1. Becky Stern says:

      Actually many of us could probably use a nap, yes. =] Another blogger emailed it to me earlier in the week, yes, but I didn’t see your forum post! Will have to keep a closer eye on things over there. It’s a great robot!

  4. Anonymous says:

    Heyyyyy, didnt I post this article to Makezine forums on monday.

    Sleepy staff. :-)

  5. Shrimp don’t crawl around underwater, they swim.  They also jump up into your kayak and can then be put on a hook to catch a fish.

  6. Adam Eyring says:

    Make it larger, add small air pumps and an Arduino with batteries, and it could be autonomous :-)

  7. A B says:

    Reminds me far to much of Metal Gear Solid 4. Perhaps this project and MGS4′s crawling animation have a common inspiration?