Monday, May 08, 2006

Robot Tentacles!!!!

I think I've waited all my life for robotic tentacles.  Moohoohahaha.
The tentacle-like manipulators, known as "Octarms", resemble an octopus's limb or an elephant's trunk. They were developed through a project called OCTOR (sOft robotiC manipulaTORs), which involves several US universities and is funded by the US Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA).
Each Octarm is powered by compressed air and has surface pressure sensors, positional sensors and a camera mounted at its tip. This allows the limb to nimbly investigate pipes, tunnels and other narrow spaces. 
There's also a range of videos showing it's various uses. All SFW. ogod. why did I need to include that...
Big thanks to Steven at  Ego Likeness for sending the link... who's in the process of putting together an nifty looking compilation CD "Where's Neil When You Need Him?" of music inspired by Niel Gaiman... which, I noticed, has songs by Raputina and Voltaire, as well as other notables.

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