Looks like the robot apocalypse just got one step closer, thanks to US military tech initiative DARPA and researchers at Harvard University. They have created a small, soft-skinned robot that can disguise itself like a chameleon – or the Predator.
OK, so it’s not quite as sophisticated as the Predator’s light-bending cloaking device, but it’s still rather ingenious: the robot has ink pumped into and out of its structure, changing its body colour and allowing it to blend into a background. The process takes around 30 seconds, as you can see in the video below:
Like the look of this little fella? There are plenty of similar examples of clever machines in our 25 best real robots article.
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