A new robot paradigm is upon us, or life imitates David Cronenberg?
Behold the gooeybot. No skeleton, just soft plastic and... undulation:
It's either very cute or nightmarish. Listen to the eerie language describing its construction:
they fabricated a "tetrapod," with four limbs spreading out from a central body in a tall X shape. Each of the limbs could curve down when pressure was applied, and the "body" at the center of the X could either be held rigid or allowed to flex.
There's a quiet beauty to this. Or Lovecraftian terror. Or sex fetish. Probably all three.
Ars Technica ramps up the terror, helpfully:
Before you get images of a giant, rubbery X shambling down the street...
AAAAAAH! Sleep well, twitching friends of Infocult. We will expect a report in the morning.