A team of researchers at Harvard have created a very realistic looking, soft robot known as Octobot who is fully autonomous.
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All the components of the robot have been 3D printed but the fact that this robot is fully autonomous is what sets it apart from other previously created soft robots at Harvard.
Octobot has a microfluidic logic circuit which was designed by George Whitesides.
This circuit system allows Octobot to convert small quantities of hydrogen peroxide into large a large quantity of gas in turn allowing the robot to move its tentacles.
Octobot is currently only as large as an SD cards and its movements are confined to its tentacles but team has plans of replicating an actual live octopus and all of its movements.
Robert Wood who is part of this team and is an Engineering and Applied Sciences Professor said "This research demonstrates that scientists can easily manufacture the key components of a simple, entirely soft robot, which lays the foundation for more complex designs."