What use is a robot octopus? OCTOPUS meets STIFF-FLOP

Cecilia Laschi and Matteo Cianchetti from SSSA demonstrated how the OCTOPUS robot works and explained how it could one day be used for tasks such as repairing underwater structures like oil pipelines and ships’ hulls to performing search-and-rescue operations – venturing into places too dangerous for humans! The event was held at the Science Museum in London last week.

The STIFF-FLOP project is inspired by the octopus and SSSA is a partner within the new EU FP7 project led by Professor Kaspar Althoefer, King’s College London.