This is a video of a robotic starfish developed by scientits (not changing it) at Harvard. It's powered by pneumatics and can squeeze under a door, crawl up the a leg of a bed, and be hugging your face before you finally wake from that dream where all your teeth fall out and you show up for a job interview dressed as a lady. *eyeing own fake taytays* I'm a shoo-in for this position.
In the research paper, published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, the team describes how the robot crawled under a glass barrier just two centimetres high. This gives the robot an edge over robots that mimic real skeletons, and has potential applications in dangerous search and rescue missions.
*Eye barrel-roll* Search and rescue missions, riiiiiiiiiiiight. Did I mention it can only move at 13-meters (~42-feet) an hour? Because that sounds like a pretty slow search. Heavy on the search, light on the rescue. Besides, it's a f***ing starfish. Starfish don't rescue people. This isn't The Little Mermaid, people.
Hit the jump for the cut off its arms and see if they grow back! in action.
Thanks to MR SQUIBB, Lord Tarl, Mike from Jersey, TimeStreamer, Boomsling, phzik and Disposablesteve, all of whose parents are excellent namers.