Italian researchers create robotic arm that bends & contracts like octopus’ tentacles

May 19, 2015 704

by Betty Laseter

A team of researchers at Pontedera BioRobotics Institute in Italy claimed to have created a robotic arm that can bend and contract like an octopus tentacle. The robotic arm is expected to play a really helpful role in the field of surgical procedures by enabling surgeons to perform minimally-invasive operations in compact areas of the body.

According to the makers of the robotic arm the remote-controlled machine can extend and can become soft or rigid depending on the surgical environment to enable a minimally-invasive operation. The prototype arm can squeeze between soft tissue and organs, by holding them apart gently if necessary.

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