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DEFINITION: A shape-shifting chembot, also called a liquid robot or a chemical robot, is a mobile robot that can alter its shape and other physical characteristics to do things that it could not do in its normal form.In late March 2007, DARPA submitted a request for proposal ( RFP ), seeking plans for a chembot. Their specifications: "soft, flexible, mobile objects that can identify and manoeuvre through openings  … 
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ROBOTS DEFINITION (continued): …  smaller than their static structural dimensions."Significant properties of chembots include the following:Flexibility in three dimensionsThe ability to break apart and reformSupport of autonomous or remotely controlled modesAbility to withstand extremes of temperature, pressure, humidity and radiationFlexible external "skin" that can withstand stress without rupturingBackbone structure that allows reconstitution to original physical shape and dimensionsTactile sensingAbility to carry hard and soft payloads without damaging them or being damaged by them.If realized, such a chembot could travel … 
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