Uh-Oh: Robotic Starfish Can Squeeze Under Doors

November 29, 2011


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.

Soft-bodied pneumatic robot crawls like a starfish [wired]

Thanks to MR SQUIBB, Lord Tarl, Mike from Jersey, TimeStreamer, Boomsling, phzik and Disposablesteve, all of whose parents are excellent namers.

  • Wow, this is incredible - so do these cretins actually exist for real as well then? 

  • Jarno Christian Salo

    I have never seen a door with 2 cm space under it.

  • Brony_Powah

    They should improve the support system with air activated suction cups...

  • Operation_Impending_Doom

    I guess I missed the part where it went under a door.

  • take that shit away from my anus.

  • Guest

    This is a unique concept using the method o' pumping air for mobility. It's a good concept for other implications.

  • Cody Mesler

    implementations or applications not implications

  • MeggyMonster

    When will they be available in pet stores?

  • Hannah C

    You used the incorrect form of its.

  • zeroneuronsfiring

    Did he correct it since you posted this? If nothing changed, you're wrong.

  • Hannah C

    It changed, dude.

  • a nexus owner too

    FIRST!  and that starfish was damn SLOW :s HAIL TO THE ROBOTS!

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