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This is one not even James Bond's handlers have created: A shape shifting robot. IRobot this year got a US$3.3 million contract to build a shape-shifting, flexible robot for dangerous or hard to reach combat duties. The robot is part of the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency's (DARPA) Chemical Robots (ChemBots) program that seeks to build soft, flexible, mobile objects that can identify and maneuver through openings smaller than their static structural dimensions; reconstitute size, shape and features while delivering meaningful payloads or performing significant tasks, DARPA said.

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