“Strong Enough To Lift A Person, Yet Gentle Enough To Embrace A Child.”

Tentacles have inspired fear and respect in humans long before anime came into the scene. Sailors shivered in their timbers at the thought of the great Kraken, or that octopus from 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea. It’s no surprise to know that humans have been trying to harness this fear and respect in technological form since the mid-20th century at least.

The fascinating world of tentacle robots has come a long way. It used to be that every breakthrough in tentaclebot technology had to be justified with either a military or misogynistic application, as demonstrated in this remarkable MIT project from 1968.

Thankfully our society has moved on since those misguided times, and while there is still the ever-present military-industrial complex to push for tentacled combat-omatons, forward-thinking people on the domestic front like [festo] demonstrate that at least some of us want to use tentacle robots for peace, love and food handling.

Catch the video after the break.

 

13 thoughts on ““Strong Enough To Lift A Person, Yet Gentle Enough To Embrace A Child.”

  1. Makes me realize how rare tentacle robots are in scifi, even now that we can render the whole thing, you don’t see them in star wars AFAIK nor star trek nor stargate etcetera.

    Overall it’s very rare to see them.

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