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Weird walking gel could be bot body part

Whatever it is, the roboticists at Tokyo's Waseda University say this morphable gel is just the start of what could one day form the components of a future robot.

Attack of the killer blob?
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Say what? This time, the innovative Japanese have dreamed up an invention that's just too weird for words. New Scientist describes it as a chemical gel that can walk like an inchworm. If you watch the video below, it rather resembles an orange peel doing a baby moonwalk a la Michael Jackson across the screen.

Whatever it is, the roboticists at Tokyo's Waseda University say this morphable gel is just the start of what could one day form the components of a future robot. If that wears the face of Robert Patrick's Terminator T-1000 killer shape-shifter, be afraid, be very afraid. In the meantime, this remains a harmless blob, albeit a Flubber-like gel capable of independent motion, changing colors and performing calculations.

(Source: Crave Asia)