Central manifolds dispense compressed air to Ant-Roach's actuators, causing the legs to move
At less than 70 pounds, one person can carry Ant-Roach when it's deflated
Ant-Roach is controlled by a program on a wirelessly-linked computer
Ant-Roach's legs move due to built-in textile-based actuators, that contract upon inflation
Ant-Roach is a six-legged "pneubot," designed to showcase the capabilities of inflatable robots
What weighs a little under 70 pounds, has six legs, and is full of air? No, it's not conjoined monkey triplets with gas - as you've doubtless already gathered from the picture, it's a walking inflatable robot known as Ant-Roach. Earning its name by looking like a cross between an anteater and a cockroach, the wonderfully-kooky beast is the creation of San Francisco-based engineering/design group Otherlab. Besides providing amusement, the device was built to showcase the high strength-to-weight ratios and carrying capacities that are possible with inflatable robots.
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