Chembots – A New Kind of Formable, Squishy Robot

Chembots - A New Kind of Formable, Squishy Robot

ChemBots are “soft, flexible, mobile objects that can identify and maneuver
through openings smaller than their static structural dimensions”

Soft and squishy chemical robots will one day squeeze through tight spots then expand to 10 times larger, offering an advantage over rigid robots. Once a mission is complete, a chembot would biodegrade.

The chembots could get into a building through a crack, for example. They could explore a cave or crevice and dismantle an explosive. Or they might climb ropes, wires or trees. Another tiny idea: One chembot could pack a smaller chembot into a situation, then release it for even more minute explorations.

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New Design for a Squeezable Soft Phone

New Design for a Squeezable Soft Phone

This Softphone concept phone from designer Quian Jiang uses a series of discs that have electronically wired cotton fabric in between. The idea here is that things are soft and flexible. For example, being able to fold up the keyboard would save some space. How about simply squeezing it to initiate or end a call?

The Softphone is a concept device at the moment, so those who absolutely love to squeeze the Charmin will just have to wait. Clearly this design has durability issues and suffers from the fact that it looks like something you’d find in a Cracker Jacks box.

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