back to article 'Roly poly' soft, wobbly robot BANGS EXPLOSIVELY, leaps 0.5m in air

Boffins at the Institute for Chemical and Bioengineering at Zurich have developed an “untethered, jumping, roly-poly” soft robot powered by explosive gases. Soft Robotics is a field of bio-inspired robotics which derives its inspiration from animals such as starfish, worms, squid and octopuses. Avoiding the use of hard …

  1. Khaptain Silver badge

    Boom yodel, boom yodel

    Having skimmed 4 words of the article thouroughly studied the article, I honestly believed that I was about to read an article about Roly Poly Swiss bomb makers.

    It would have been a little bit paradoxical that the land of the Geneva Convention and Human Rights made bombs. There are several Roly Poly people though.

    Although having given a litttle bit of thought, it probably wouldn't take much to make this into a roly poly bomb...

    1. Sorry that handle is already taken. Silver badge

      Re: Boom yodel, boom yodel

      It does seem to look like some kind of friendly landmine. Especially with those cross-sections.

      So I suppose next comes the children's TV show Roly Poly the Friendly Landmine?

  2. ashdav


    Anyone else think of them?

    1. tony2heads

      Re: Terrahawks


    2. Chozo

      Re: Terrahawks

      Yes... +1 for NOT putting in link to Youtube lol! where did I put that mind bleach

    3. Alan J. Wylie

      Re: Terrahawks

      Not Terrahawks - Power Rammers

      Hope they are all wearing steel toecaps

  3. hplasm Silver badge


    Are the Pictures? (oh, in the linky... a bit dry though... /edit)

    Video, preferably.

    1. frank ly

      Re: Where

      Yes, if it's not on YouTube, it didn't happen. Wake me up when there's a video.

      P.S. If that exhaust port is self sealing and flexible, it will also be a farting robot. Put it on YouTube!

      1. Anonymous Coward
        Anonymous Coward

        Re: Where

        " it will also be a farting robot."

        FINALLY - I was reading all the comments and was expecting a raft of farting jokes and not one. NOT ONE!

        The quality of commentators has really gone uphill. :(

        1. Sarah Balfour

          Re: Where

          No it ain't! Not whilst I'm still around! I'll think of summat to lower the tone/intellect, promise!

        2. Fungus Bob Silver badge

          Re: FARTBOT!!!!

          "The quality of commentators has really gone uphill. :("

          Ya happy now?

      2. ashdav

        Re: Where

        Here you go Youtube link

        Skip forward to 3:35.

        1. Cliff

          Re: Where

          He either did it from the spirit realms, or whoever bought out the rights is exercising them to the point of chopping them entirely from the public consciousness.

        2. Mystic Megabyte Silver badge

          Re: Where

          >>Gerry Anderson pulled all the videos from Youtube otherwise I would have linked to one.

          I hope that I can still surf the net when I'm dead.

          1. TRT Silver badge

            Re: Where

            He had strings on them.

  4. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    "untethered, jumping, roly-poly” - powered by explosive gases"

    Patrons, mostly drunk, leaving the local Indian restaurant at closing time?

  5. The Crow From Below


    It's a slightly miss shaped sphere and it has an open exhaust port on the surface leading directly to the most combustible area of it.

    I wonder what it's security against teeny tiny rebel invasions is like.

    1. Alan Brown Silver badge

      Re: So

      "I wonder what it's security against teeny tiny rebel invasions is like."

      Hopefully better than its security against rogue apostrophes.

      1. The Crow From Below

        Re: So

        "Hopefully better than its security against rogue apostrophes."

        They're They're Scott, its just the internet, not the Times.

        1. Yugguy

          Re: So

        2. Richard 120

          Re: "They're They're Scott, its just the internet, not the Times."

          +1 for the sarcasm

          -1 for just annoying the damned hell out of me

          AAAAAAAAAAAAAARGH so conflicted!

          1. The Crow From Below

            Re: "They're They're Scott, its just the internet, not the Times."

            "AAAAAAAAAAAAAARGH so conflicted!"

            My work here is


            ( •_•)>⌐■-■



            1. Ashton Black

              Re: "They're They're Scott, its just the internet, not the Times."

              Didn't you forget the:


              (cue: Won't Get Fooled Again, The Who)


        3. PNGuinn

          Re: So

          You are the Graun and I claim my five pounds.

  6. Harry the Bastard

    i, for one, welcome our new roly-poly overlords

    i’d like to remind them that as a trusted el reg commentard, i can be helpful in rounding up others to toil in their underground swiss lair

  7. JacobZ

    Big Hero 6?

    Really? Am I the first to read "roly-poly soft wobbly robot" and think of Baymax?

  8. Crisp Silver badge

    It looks a little like a Puddi

    See title.

  9. Slartybardfast

    Cat Scarer

    I could do with one of these linked up to a PIR. It would probably scare away the multitude of cats that like to use my garden as a toilet.

    1. Long John Brass Silver badge

      Re: Cat Scarer

      I'm building an ed209 in my garden shed for the same reason.

      For some reason the local authorities got a little twitchy when I tried to import the twin .50 cal. Cobra cannons I need get the weapons systems online.

    2. PNGuinn

      Re: Cat Scarer

      Nah - do the job properly.

      Multiple thermonuclear fragmentation landmines - with frikking lasers on.

      And a camera to pipe the action to Utube. Exploding moggie pictures. It'll probably bring the 'net to its knees.

      1. ashdav

        Re: Cat Scarer

        Wait a little longer and we shall have:

        "Sharks with frikkiin' lasers!"

        It will come. Oh yes, it will come.

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