Unlike other robots, this one, developed by researchers at Harvard, was made from silicon-based polymers and covered in a network of tiny channels. A variety of eyes are pumped in to enable the robot to quickly change its appearance, with its movement being driven by air-powered cylinders in its four legs. That’s not all, hot and / or cold fluids can also be pumped in, allowing them to be thermally camouflaged. Continue reading for a video and more information.
The tiny channels that pump the pigment into the robot’s body can also be filled with temperature-specific fluids, allowing the robot to also escape thermal detection. Alternately, the robot can be filled with fluorescent liquid, allowing it to glow in the dark.
Thankfully, these are still lab experiments not likely to see real world application for some time. But in the meantime you can check out footage of the robot glowing as it trudges through the dark and blending into a rock field with convincing effect.