Just Released: Blob Morphing 'Bot

Blob Morphing 'Bot

iRobot released their new soft blob morphing robot this past Tuesday. The amazing shape-shifter has the ability to squeeze Just Released: Blob Morphing 'Botthrough tiny crevices.

From IEEE Spectrum:

"Researchers from iRobot and the University of Chicago discussed their palm-sized soft robot, known as a chemical robot, or chembot, at the IEEE/RSJ International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems yesterday. It's 'the first demonstration of a completely soft, mobile robot using jamming as an enabling technology,' they write in a paper presented at the conference. 

The concept of "'jamming skin enabled locomotion' is explained quite nicely in the video. The polymer used for the bot's stretchy skin is off-the-shelf silicone two-part rubber.

By controlling the parts of the blob that 'inflate,' the researchers can make it roll."

Awesome. Skip ahead to 1:50 to see the blob in action.

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