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ChemBot Unveiled

CNET News (10/15, Katz) reports on the “shape-shifting ChemBot” that “looks like the love child of a beating heart and a wad of Silly Putty.”  It is the product of a contract awarded by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency and the U.S. Army Research Office to iRobot.  The maker “along with University of Chicago researchers, showed off the oozy results at the Iros conference (the IEEE/RSJ International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems) in St. Louis this week.  DARPA envisions the palm-size ChemBot as a mobile robot that can traverse soft terrain and navigate through small openings, such as tiny wall cracks, during reconnaissance and search-and-rescue missions.”  The robot “inflates and deflates parts of its body, changing size and shape — and scaring the living daylights out of us.  We don’t know exactly when ChemBot will join the Armed Forces, but we can only beg:  please, oh please, keep it away from us.”

Reposted from the October 15, 2009 ASEE First Bell briefing.

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