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May 23, 2006

Forewarned is forearmed (but eight-armed is better)

At first glance robotic tentacles seem like a very bad idea future-of-the-human-species-wise. But if you factor in the potential Dr. Octopus-suits it is a fair trade.

Most robots rely on mechanical gripping jaws that have difficulty grabbing large or irregularly shaped objects. Replacing these with tentacle-like manipulators could make robots more nimble and flexible, say the scientists.

Posted by Ghost of a flea at May 23, 2006 09:37 AM