After developing the mechanical fish that swims like a real one earlier this year, MIT's Computer Science and Artificial Lab (CSAIL) is introducing a new soft robot, it is inspired from wriggly octopus tentacle. It is a robot arm designed using 3D printed molds , and it is totally made of silicone.
In order for the tentacle to bend, slither and squeeze, Air is pumped into the appropriate sections using motors inside the robot arm.
Researchers said that this silicon robot arm is able to move in the human environments a way better than metal ones. In the future, this arm should be useful in many fields like handling delicate specimens in labs or assist doctors in surgeries. The CSAIL lab is working on a second version that should contains fingers.