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This worm bot might look like the stuff of nightmares but it could one day help rescue victims of natural disasters.
The bot, pictured in July this year, was designed by University of Leeds engineering fellow Dr Jordan Boyle to demonstrate ways that robotics can learn from biology.
The way the robot moves is based on the locomotion of a real-life nematode worm that Boyle studied during his PhD research.
Possible applications for the robot include searching for survivors in collapsed buildings or navigating gaps in damaged structures to deliver aid to individuals trapped in disaster zones, according to the university.
Explore more pictures of the worm bot here - Photos: Giant robot worm to the rescue.
Photo: University of Leeds
Here's one of the more unusual uses dreamt up for augmented reality.
Using the Aurasma augmented reality app - revealed in July this year and developed by software company Autonomy - da Vinci's famous portrait of Mona Lisa is reimagined as an alien.
To see more pictures of Autonomy's Aurasma app in action visit Photos: From yachts to shoes and movies - how marketers are using augmented reality.
British Library Out of This World exhibition
The alien worlds, dazzling technologies and alternate realities of science fiction were on show at the Out of this World exhibition at the British Library in September.
The exhibition traced the themes explored through science fiction as a series of worlds: alien worlds, future worlds, parallel worlds, virtual worlds and the end of the world.
Discover more of the exhibits on show at the exhibition by visiting Photos: A history of the future - science fiction through the ages at the British Library.
Photo: British Library