A soft-bot filled with florescent fluid (Photo: DARPA)
the microchannels of a soft-bot showing how it changes color (Photo: DARPA)
The robot moves by means of air pumped into its microchannels (Photo: Harvard University)
If you’re worried about the coming robot apocalypse, then worry some more because soft, squishy robots just got camouflage. Scientists at Harvard University working under a Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) contract have developed a way of turning soft robots into “chameleons” capable of blending in with their backgrounds and even hiding from infrared sensors. That’s pretty impressive (or scary) for robots that can be made for less than US$100 apiece.
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