Cephalopod Based Robotic Exoskeleton For Farming

Talking to my daughter one evening, I realised I had no idea how the arms of an octopus even work. So after some research and my delight, I was entirely taken with muscular hydrostatics. Which got me thinking about robots and their applications, and whether an 8 armed exoskeleton that could walk on those arms like an octopus does could be useful. And I can see a world where flexible exoskeletons replace tractors on farms. For instance 6 of the independent limbs could work together to create some pretty strong positions to do some heavy lifting with the other 2. It would be able to traverse any terrain, and have the ultimate adaptable tool in the form of a tentacle (though they’re not actually called tentacles on octopus, they’re arms, tentacles are different).

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