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Photos & colon; Amazing tech inspired by the octopus


The octopus is inspiring all kinds of technologies, from grabbing tentacles and camouflage material to robotic arms and suction cups. Here's a look at the sophisticated tech that has helped this marine animal unleash in recent years.
Engineers from the University of Houston and University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign made a flexible camouflage system from heat-sensitive dye and light sensors that can automatically keep up with the environment.
These self-sealing suction cups designed by US Army researchers for robotic gripping are strong enough to hold a bottle of wine.
Researchers examined four fingertip-size prototype suction cups made from a polymer that solidifies under UV light.
Scientists at Harvard University started with a gentle color-changing robot two years ago and have a new untethered version that can withstand fire, water and being run over by a car.
Scientists from the Foundation for Research and Technology - Hellas in Greece tested an eight-arm underwater robot that mimics octopus movements. The bot could help move heavy loads underwater more efficiently.
Researchers at the University of Zurich in Switzerland are calculating the dynamics of a sensor-loaded arm made of silicone in an effort to make soft interfaces for robots more intelligent.
A team from MITS d'Arbeloff's laboratory is making prototypes for additional body-mounted robotic limbs that could one day help workers perform repetitive, difficult tasks.
Robotic limbs can be mounted on the shoulders or at the waist, the researchers said.
The PoseiDRONE project is developing an octopus-type robot made from up to 90 percent soft materials for performing risky underwater jobs.
The European Rigid-FLOP project is working on a soft, flexible endoscope inspired by octopus arms and elephant trunks that could be used for minimally invasive surgery.

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