Octopus-Inspired Camouflage for Soft Robotics


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.


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