Video: Scientists develop robot that can camouflage itself
Taking inspiration from the camouflage skills of octopuses and squid, scientists at Harvard University have developed a robot that can change its color to perfectly blend into its surroundings.
Made from silicon rubber, the crawling machine can instantly inject its body with pigment designed to mimic its environment, making it almost invisible. According to the NewScientist, the soft, flexible device is “currently controlled by a human operator and tethered by tubes through which air and dye are pumped.” But researchers developing the machine say in the future an autonomous version could be unveiled.
In the video below, the camouflage robot is shown walking onto a bed of rocks and is filled with fluid to match the color of the rocks and break up the bot’s shape.