DARPA creates shape-shifting robot with color-changing abilities


petridishnews.com
August 18, 2012

Scientists in the United States on Thursday said they had devised a soft-bodied robot, inspired by the squid and octopus, which can crawl, camouflage itself and hide from infrared cameras. The robot, developed in conjunction with the Department of Defense, is a soft-bodied robot that can camouflage itself when required.

The project, a collaboration between Harvard and the Pentagon’s Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), investigated squid and their properties to help advance soft robots. Scientists involved in the project said the objectives involved determining whether scientists could replicate some of the functions of the squid, or simpler animals with simpler strategies for camouflage.

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