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        10-23-2009, 02:55 PM
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    The Blob

    So I was driving up to school today listening to the radio. I heard a news report the military testing the use of a blob. Now apparently this thing can squeeze through cracks in walls and under door but I'm not 100% sure about that. Here's the link to the story and there is also a video

    http://www.psfk.com/2009/10/video-ch...obot-blob.html


    (Video) ChemBot: The Military’s Shape Shifting Robot Blob

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    Share October 19, 2009

    iRobot, the makers of the Roomba, have released footage of their bizarre new robot prototype, Chembot. It’s a is a small mobile device being developed for DARPA and the United States Army which looks like a gelatinous blob, and can change shape to navigate through tight spaces. The Chembot will eventually be used in intelligence gathering and search and rescue missions.
    CNET explains how it works:
    It gets around by way of a process called “jamming,” in which material can transition between semiliquid and solid states with only a slight change in volume.
    In ChemBot’s case, a flexible silicone skin encapsulates a series of pockets containing a mix of air and loosely packed particles. When air is removed from the compartments, the skin attempts to equalize the pressure differential by constricting the particles, which shift slightly to fill the void left by the evacuated air.










         
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        10-24-2009, 03:22 AM
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    Righhhhhtttt.....i dunno wether to be grossed out, amused or worried lol
         
        10-24-2009, 11:31 AM
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    Originally Posted by Kiki    
    righhhhhtttt.....i dunno wether to be grossed out, amused or worried lol
    For me it seems a bit worrisome and a bit gross.

    Really reminds me The Blob (the movie). Imagine that this little blob sit on your tummy monitoring you when you wake up some morning .
         

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