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This Robotic Tentacle Moves Like a Real Octopus Tentacle

A group of scientists and researchers over at Cornell University have developed a highly agile robotic tentacle that is set to open up whole new applications and possibilities in the field of robotics. This 3D-printed device offers a truly unprecedented level of agility, and was constructed using easily commercially available materials.

In order to create the rubbery robotic muscles, the developers created their own method for 3D printing soft actuators that mimic the function of octopus tentacles. This artificial muscle is capable of covering a complete 1800 degree of motion.

This robotic tentacle could be integrated into a wide array of robotic systems. Various robots are being developed for use in industrial, educational, military and other environments, and this robotic tentacle stands to benefit robots working in different settings.