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Future Robots. Robotic Snakes & Worms Get Under Your Skin. The modular snake robots being designed at Carnegie Mellon University can move in a variety of ways: slither, roll, swim, and climb straight up. They can spiral forward to fit through a narrow space such as a pipe, or they can wind themselves around a pole or tree and slither up. To move across a flat surface, they move up and down like an inchworm.

from MIT Technology Review

A Robot with Artificial Muscles and Tendons

from Engadget

Motion-controlled Battroborg Warriors deliver armed robot combat

Last year's Battroborgs were a blast, but not without their quirks. Accuracy was not one of the tiny bot's strong points, and moving or turning was an exercis...

from Digital Trends

By stimulating the spine, this exoskeleton helps paralyzed people re-learn how to walk

A man who had had been completely paralyzed for four years was able to voluntarily control his leg muscles and take thousands of steps in a "robotic exoskeleton" device during five days of training—and for two ...

from The Economist


So far, Dr Laschi’s robot is not so much an octopus as a monopus, but she plans to correct this over the next two years by adding seven more arms and a control system that can co-ordinate them all.