Greek Scientists at FORTH have created an eight armed robot that is octopus-like in its movements.
The idea is to add cameras to this robot so that it may unobtrusively record marine life.
I wonder if any octopuses will adopt these as a new plaything, we know how playful they are after all....
These robot octopuses crawl along the ocean floor in a manner quite like the real thing which is never in a hurry unless it is being attacked. And just like baby octopuses when they’re born, the new robotic type are learning to swim, as researchers try out different strokes and body movements to see what propels it the best. FORTH’s octopus project is part of the Octopus Integrating Project, a collaboration of European and Israeli universities to build a soft-bodied robot based on the octopus. One application of the new robot, beside obvious military uses, according to designers, is to add a cameras that can unobtrusively observe and record the behavior of marine life, not currently not possible with existing technology which often spooks marine creatures.