Creepy Quadrupedal Soft Robot Wiggles Its Way Across Fire and Gets Run Over by a Car

Harvard University scientists have taken their quadrupedal soft robot (see previously) out for some field tests to demonstrate just how resilient the admittedly somewhat creepy walking robot can be. Tests show the robot traversing flames, crawling over heavy snow, and getting run over by a car, all while using an onboard camera to observe its environment.

The soft robot is safe to interact with during operation, and its silicone body is innately resilient to a variety of adverse environmental conditions including snow, puddles of water, direct (albeit limited) exposure to flames, and the crushing force of being run over by an automobile.

via IEEE Spectrum