A robotics crew in Italy have developed a soft bodied robot octopus. An entirely soft body is new to robotics.
It might be:
"able to reach impracticable places and simultaneously [show] manipulation capability, which could open up new scenarios for marine exploration and underwater rescue."
This video provides a nice montage of the coolest footage:
Learn more about the project, creatively titled "Octopus" at http://www.octopusproject.eu/
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