“iRobot Developing Inflatable Robot Arms, Inflatable Robots”
The AIRarm is lightweight, inexpensive, and stows compactly. It’s inflated and deflated with an on-board pump, and uses actuators and strings to move its joints without embedded motors. While regular PackBot 3-link arms are between 15 and 20 pounds, the AIRarm system only weighs about a tenth of that, a fact that would be much appreciated by the soldiers that have to carry these robots around.
This may be just the first generation of real, bug-like robots complete with exoskeletons.
Sarah Connor, take note.