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Octopus skin and muscle give ideas for new soft machines

The progress in science is made even more amazing when we look at what nature makes available to us and we take inspiration from it. Here is an amazing article showcasing how Octopus skin’s special properties of firming up and changing color can be used to create machines that can one day help elderly move around easier. See an excerpt and link for full story below.

Some of our smart skins are based on the skin of the octopus and the cephalopods,” says engineer Jonathan Rossiter, head of the soft robotics group at Bristol Robotics Laboratory. They can change colour, change texture and radically morph their shapes. “Embedded in their skins are muscles – and those muscles will pull and contract, and change little sacs of colour, and they expand and you get a change in colour.

Read more at  http://www.wired.co.uk/article/can-the-octopus-help-us-to-make-wheelchairs-obsolete

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