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Feb 11 2013   6:02PM GMT

Robotic latex tentacle code open sourced, at last!

Adrian Bridgwater Adrian Bridgwater Profile: Adrian Bridgwater

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The majority of robotic latex tentacle users have, up until this point, had to make do with locked in proprietary software code to power their mechanical rubber appendages.

Users have had no other option than to opt for a pre-boxed heavily corporate-registered code base.

Many who want to be able to operate a potentially mentally disturbing rubber arm on either their workplace desk… or, alternatively, as some part of a decorative piece and talking point inside a home dwelling have had to go proprietary when it comes to management code.

But latex tentacle enthusiasts can now breathe more easily.

Thanks to work carried out by robotics designer Matthew Borgatti and his http://har.ms/blog/print-your-own-robot-part-7/ website, 3-D printed tentacle admirers can now follow his use of Arduino boards and a set of mini air compressors.

Constructed from the finest grade silicon to satisfy the needs of even the most demanding latex tentacle enthusiast, Borgatti has made his robot code available to all and explained how he has used three solenoids to manage the flow of air into the robot itself.

Unconfirmed reports suggest that other coders may follow Borgatti’s lead and open source the management software and designs needed to power a range of other latex-based underwater sea-life type extremities.

The Computer Weekly Open Source Insider blog will bring you more news in this sector, as it breaks.

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