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Italian contribution to BioRobotics

How Italian researchers developed an octopus-like prototype robot

Italian contribution to BioRobotics

Claudia Astarita


Scientists from the BioRobotics Institute at Scuola Superiore Sant'Anna in Pisa developed a prototype robot, taking inspiration from the octopus and named it octo-bot. It is a soft-bodied, tentacle machine has the ability to propel itself underwater, as well as to wedge its body between rocks into tiny nooks and corners. The octo-bot is the fruit of seven years of research and , according to Prof. Cecilia Laschi from Pisa, it will "deal handily with the unpredictable surfaces, waves and currents it encounters".

The first prototype octo-bot will soon be kept in the city aquarium in Livorno, where it will share its tank with a real octopus.

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