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Snake on a plane! Don't panic, it's probably just a soft robot

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A soft robot in the form of a salamander on display in Singapore. Much of the commercial action for softer robots is in logistics, replacing production-line jobs that can't yet be handled by hard robots.

Singapore

ROBOTS are getting softer.

Borrowing from nature, some machines now have arms that curl and grip like an octopus, others wriggle their way inside an airplane engine or forage underwater to create their own energy.

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