DARPA: Color-Changing Robots Could Be Used Behind Enemy Lines
DARPA has released information about a new, chameleon-like soft robot that has a range of capabilities and can be produced at a very low cost. DARPA hopes the new “hiding in plain sight” robot will be used by various defense agencies for many types of missions. The robot can walk on its own, glow, carry certain liquids, and change color, apparent shape and temperature.
With its adaptive camouflage and ability to squeeze through tight spaces, the robot will naturally make a good tool for surveillance in covert governmental operations or regular security surveillance. The robot’s softness and ability to glow and change temperatures could also make it a less invasive way of watching wild life closely. Its pliability and glow make it useful for exploring hard to reach places, perhaps making it a useful search and rescue tool, such as in collapsed mines or buildings.