I usually brush off the latest robot technology (really, what am I going to do with a robot that can run, take care of the elderly and deliver babies, all at the same time?), but when I heard that someone had created robots made of Rice Krispies I thought, "Well, now we're on to something. Something that snaps, crackles and pops. And then runs away from you."
The research done by the Robotics Institute at Carnegie Mellon University, the Mattress Factory and MAYA Design has resulted in a few tips on what food makes for good robot building (apples and licorice are bad; cucumbers and Rice Krispies are good) along with a handy tutorial video that guides you through the process of turning five cucumbers into a creepy flexing disembodied hand.
[via Boing Boing]