Military Prototype “Blob” Robot–Countless Medical Potentials!

iRobot make the cutecuddly roomba vacuum-bots— but you may not realize the real business of this company is battle ready military battle bots on the front line in Iraq.  Just released is video of Jambots”.  jamming is the use of a rubber structure filled with particles were fluid or air is shifted to make the whole thing rigid or fluid like.

iRobot’s soft, shape-shifting robot blob can roll around and change shape, and it will be able to squeeze through tiny cracks in a wall when the project is finished. Video presented at IEEE IROS 2009. Read more robot news at http://spectrum.ieee.org

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