antroachI would not have figured out that robots in the near future might actually be of the Marshmallow Man variety, that is, it is inflatable. Well, this pneubot known as Ant-Roach is a 15-foot long walking robot, where it was developed by the folks over at Otherlab as part of their “pneubotics” project. Of course, they did not make a stab at it alone, but rather, did work in tandem with Meka Robotics and Manu Prakash at Stanford University, obtaining a fair bit of funds from DARPA’s Maximum Mobility and Manipulation (M3) program.

The Ant-Roach robot will rely on textile-based, inflatable actuators which will contract upon inflation into specially-designed shapes that results in motion. As this robot is constructed using lightweight fabric-and-air structural members and is powered by pneumatics or hydraulics, you will be able to experience a rather large strength-to-weight ratio. Tipping the scales at under 70 lbs, the Ant-Roach is more than capable of supporting up to 10 times its own weight, now how about that? I wonder when will something like the Ant-Roach be turned into a commercial childrens’ toy.

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