Soft Robot Arm Inspired by the Octopus

@article{Laschi2012SoftRA,
  title={Soft Robot Arm Inspired by the Octopus},
  author={Cecilia Laschi and Matteo Cianchetti and Barbara Mazzolai and Laura Margheri and Maurizio Follador and Paolo Dario},
  journal={Advanced Robotics},
  year={2012},
  volume={26},
  pages={709 - 727}
}
The octopus is a marine animal whose body has no rigid structures. It has eight arms composed of a peculiar muscular structure, named a muscular hydrostat. The octopus arms provide it with both locomotion and grasping capabilities, thanks to the fact that their stiffness can change over a wide range and can be controlled through combined contractions of the muscles. The muscular hydrostat can better be seen as a modifiable skeleton. Furthermore, the morphology the arms and the mechanical… 

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