OctaWorm is a deformable octahedron robot intended for the
exploration of cavities such as pipes and other forms of
confinement. Two prototypes have
been constructed using syringes and a third prototype uses servo
motors. The robot is able to negotiate complex in-pipe structures
such as T-joints. The
locomotion capabilities were tested in different real scenarios. We
expect this type of deformable structure might have potential
medicine since the platform shows the capability of anchoring on the
interior of soft cavities. In the future, small octahedral robots
might be able to travel
inside blood vessels.
Figure: The electric prototype of the octahedron robot (left).
Example of natural deformation modes of the robot (right).
J.C. Zagal, C. Armstrong,, S. Li., "Deformable Octahedron
Burrowing Robot", ALIFE XIII: Proceedings of the Thirteenth
International Conference on the Simulation and Synthesis of Living
Video Edition: Carlos Garcia, Voice: J.C. Zagal, Music: Camilo