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Scientists Attempt to Design a Robotic Octopus [Video]

By Shane Graber - Posted Mar 30, 2011 04:00 PM
A series of European research teams are currently attempting to create a robotic version of an octopus that could be used for marine salvage, underwater maintenance, and other underwater activities.
Scientists Attempt to Design a Robotic Octopus [Video]

Octopus robotic arm grasping a neutally buoyant water bottle.

The Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna University, Pisa, Italy in conjunction with groups from Switzerland, Israel, Greece, and Italy have embarked on a research project to completely replicate the plasticity, skill, and agility of a live octopus. The below video is pretty eerie in its similarity to octopus arm movement:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=arM06d6-vsY

Currently as the above YouTube video shows, they have been able to replicate one arm of an octopus in its dexterity as well as its suckers.  They have still to make the seven other arms work in conjunction with each other; However they're only two years into their four year project.

We look forward to seeing how this project progresses!

(via Cephalove)

Author: Shane Graber
Location: Indiana

Shane has kept saltwater tanks for the last 12 years, is a research scientist, lives in northern Indiana, and is a proud Advanced Aquarist staffer.

Website: http://www.advancedaquarist.com/.

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