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Robots That Slink and Squirm

 - Mar 28, 2007   Updated: Apr 14 2011
References: nytimes
Robots that imitate real life are the focus of studies at Tufthouse University as lab students and researchers create life-imitating robotics like a caterpillar out of silicone rubber (called Dragon Skin).

Implications - It's small and skinny with a light-green hue. The soft exterior and the grips at the end of the legs have been designed specifically to help those in need. Researchers are hoping that the ersatz caterpillar will be a helping aid in various scenarios that include locating land mines, repairing machines, and treating diseases. So far, the challenge is making the bot work in a fluid, versatile movement so that it adapts in certain settings according to Dr. Trimmer.