Those clever robotics folks at MIT have been at it again. This time they’ve been approaching the robotics world from a slightly lateral perspective.
Using soft, flexible materials they’ve developed a robot that mimics a fish in form and movement and that can be completely self-contained – brains, power & motion generation. It can even perform the classic fish escape manoeuver in about the same rapid time-frame, showing an additional capability of the design choices.
See it for yourself in action here : Autonomous, self-contained soft robotic fish at MIT
I have to say this has me wondering if this thing might look like food to any other hungry fish or sea creature? If MIT has got this far they can more than likely solve a little problem like that :-)