DARPA Robot Tentacle Project

May 9, 2006

octarm.jpg Leave it up to those whacky scientists at the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) to invent another animal robot that has absolutely no use for anyone anywhere ever. The OCTOR (sOft robotiC manipulaTORs) project is focused on both creating tentacle-like robots and completely destroying the foundation upon which acronyms are based. DARPA is researching robot tentacles in an attempt to create a robot appendage that can navigate narrow spaces and manipulate oddly-shaped objects. The "Octarms" that have been developed so far are powered by compressed air and fitted with pressure sensors on its surface and a camera at its tip. It is unclear about the eventual use of these Octarms, but researchers may use them for "bomb disposal tasks," since slapping a bomb around with a pool noodle is probably the safest way to deactivate it.


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