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Octopus robot takes a swim in open ocean

2014 at 11:52 am by admin

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Greek researchers have been at work developing a robotic octopus for over a year, and have finally shown off a new prototype of their underwater robot! The newest upgrade to the robot, initially revealed in May 2013, allows it to swim nearly twice as fast as its predecessor for almost half the energy. These improvements are thanks to a flexible webbing added to the robot’s arms that mimics the webbing seen in real-life octopi and squids. The robot has been shown to not only be able to swim on its own in a controlled environment, but also walk with a simulated crawling motion as well as carry objects mid-swim. The robot is even fully self-contained, and can operate in the open ocean without the assistance of any external machinery! Researchers hope to continue to improve on the robot, and use it to one day observe sea life in its natural habitat undisturbed. Check out the robot in action in the video below!

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