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Can the wonderful octopus help make wheelchairs obsolete?

There’s a lot we can learn from the octopus. Scientists working in the field of soft robotics have been devising smart materials, smart skins and artificial muscles which move and work in novel ways – all taking a cue from how octopuses move. And by better understanding octopuses, engineers could soon transform the technologies available to people with disabilities.

Powered trousers, electrified chainmail and artificial muscles inspired by octopuses are on the brink of creating a mobility revolution.
Phoebe Braithwaite in Wired.