Weird Robotic Tentacle Gripper From Harvard

The gripper uses pneumatic rubber tentacles, known as filaments, to gently wrap around objects.

The artificial tentacles are made from foot-long hollow rubber tubes with one side being slightly thicker than the other.

Taking inspiration from animals to build robots designed to accomplish a specific task is far from a new idea.

When empty, tentacles become limp and seemingly lifeless, hanging like straight hair, but when pumped full of air, they become pressurized and curl up like a pigtail.