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April 20, 2011 / Martijn

Artificial chameleon tongue

FORGET flypaper – why not catch pesky bugs chameleon-style, with the flick of a robot tongue?Alexis Debray, an engineer at Canon in Tokyo, Japan, has created an appendage that mimics the astonishing dexterity of the chameleons tongue. The firm is always looking for ways to make more efficient production-line robots, he says, and a device that mimics the chameleons tongue may hold promise for making delicate items like cameras.

via Artificial chameleon tongue has bug-catching licked – tech – 20 April 2011 – New Scientist.

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