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Deformable Underwater Aquabots by MIT Researchers

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Here is a modular system that can be used to develop scalable robots that can be deployed underwater. A team of MIT engineers used hollow structure voxels made up of cast plastic pieces. They are load bearing in one direction and soft in others.

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This approach can be used to make eel-like or wing-shaped robots. As the researchers explain, their snake-like structure has 4 segments with 5 voxels each. It is covered with a waterproof skin. The above video shows it in action.


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