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Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Robotics: The Octopus Project

From the website:

"OCTOPUS aims to investigate and understand the key principles of the octopus body and brain, by building a soft 8-arm robot capable of elongating its arms to reach and grasp while navigating submerged under water.

The octopus is a unique and paradigmatic example for bio-inspired soft robotics, because of its great motor capabilities and enhanced behavior, due to its particular muscular structure and sensory-motor system."

The project is coordinated and headed by the Scuola Superiore Sant'Anna (Pisa, Italy) involving 6 European partners:
- The Hebrew University of Jerusalem (HUJI,Jerusalem, Israel)
- The Weizmann Institute of Science (Weizmann, Rehovot, Israel)
- The University of Zurich (UZH, Zurich, Switzerland)
- The Italian Institute of Science (IIT, Genova, Italy)
- The University of Reading (UREAD, Reading, United Kingdom)
- The Foundation for Research and Technologies (FORTH, Heraklion, Crete, Greece) 

See video here.

Note: Small-editing on my part.

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