Rubber-But walks thru Fire and Ice and won't be crushed by a Car

18.09.2014 Misc Tech #Robots

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Michael T. Tolley von Harvard hat einen Gummibot gebaut, der nicht nur aussieht und sich bewegt, wie eine (noch recht lahme) Version eines Viechs aus Carpenters The Thing, das Ding überlebt auch noch Feuer, Eis und lässt sich problemlos von einem Auto überfahren. Where's your „Kill it with fire“ now? Also: Interessanter Soundtrack mal wieder vom New Scientist: Rubbery robot battles flames, snow and gets run over (via Martin).

Burn it, freeze it, run it over – this robot just keeps squirming. Created by Michael Tolley of Harvard University and his team, the robot is completely squishy, with no rigid skeleton. At 65 centimetres long, it is bigger than previous designs, all of which have required a tether to walk on land.

Its beefed up size allows it to support a battery pack that keeps it going for up to 2 hours and an electrically powered air compressor system that drives its pneumatic motion. Soft robots are of interest for search and rescue missions, says Tolley, or in any situation where a flexible body can better navigate through tight spaces. Its ability to handle extreme conditions should also come in handy.