Octopus-Inspired Camouflage for Soft Robotics

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By: vaneesha gupta

Researchers from Cornell University in New York and the Marine Biological Laboratory in Massachusetts decided to build a material based on muscle groups that control papillae along the surface of an octopus tentacle. The material consists of a fiber mesh that simulates an octopus’s erector muscles, which contract to squeeze a protrusion into shape. They embedded that mesh in concentric rings within a rubber skin, which mimics an octopus’s connective tissue. I found  article interesting because it future robots maybe wearing this material to move and act like octopuses.

This article relates to engineering becuase it involves building, designing, and conducting research.

 

Below is a link to the article:

https://spectrum.ieee.org/video/robotics/robotics-hardware/octopusinspired-camouflage-for-soft-robotics