Now You See Me Now You Don't
By:Lex Kidd/Science and techie
In our oceans we have many interesting types of creatures, there are so many that if I were to make a list it would never be finished because we still don’t know everything. There are a lot of creatures that live down there and one in particular has caught the eye of some scientists, the octopus. An octopus is able to make itself transform its outer color into the color of its surroundings around it. Scientist have started studying an octopus to try and figure out its way of changing its color so that they can make a robot that can change its color just like the octopus. The reason that they are doing this is to be able and study animals closer without scaring them off or do anything to provoke them. Cecilia Laschi, the professor of bio-robotics at the Institute of Sant’ Anna states "Camouflaged robots may hide and be protected from animal attacks and may better approach animals for studying them in their natural habitat". Recently they have been studying the octopus really close as they’ve been trying to figure out their secrets and have also found many other things about them. First they were just looking for color change but now they are looking at many other things such as air pockets the octopi have. And as well as having the ability to inflate their muscles in one-fifth of a second. And scientists have come up with a small fiber-mesh spheres into the silicone, the scientists could control and shape the texture of the inflated surface, just as an octopus might retexture its skin. Now scientists are getting closer and closer to figuring out how to make their own robotic octopus or as I like to call it, the Octo-bot. They’ve come up with a way to make it at least kind of resemble the feeling of the octopus and now they have even made a way so that they are able to control how to transform the skin and made it really close to resemble the octopus skin. As the technology advances, one might even be able to scan an environment and then program the corresponding silicone sheet right then and there to mimic it. And now thanks to these scientists we are getting closer and closer to finding out not only new secrets about our ocean but also about the world we live on as technology advances further and further.
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