Forget steel and aluminum. The robots of tomorrow may be able to squish, stretch and squeeze

Novel robotic devices, part of the emerging field of soft robotics, offer many advances over conventional robots. Soft robots can more easily maneuver in tough spaces. They can better interact with humans, making them excellent assistants for elderly people. And one day they may lead to high-tech artificial muscles: a life-changing innovation for millions of disabled people around the globe.

Creating artificial muscles requires not only developing a powerful, flexible material, but figuring out how to precisely control and cleverly manufacture it. That’s the mission of Kwang Kim of the University of Nevada, Las Vegas and his National Science Foundation (NSF)-funded team. Continue reading “Forget steel and aluminum. The robots of tomorrow may be able to squish, stretch and squeeze”

TU Delft Graduate Creates 3D-Printed Soft Robotic Limb that Responds to Human Grip (Video)

Delft University of Technology graduate Rob Scharff has created a soft robotic limb that can shake hands with people.

The hand was created as part of Scharff’s Soft Robotics research project – which focuses on the ways robots can be integrated with more tactile materials, and so improve robot-human interactions. Continue reading “TU Delft Graduate Creates 3D-Printed Soft Robotic Limb that Responds to Human Grip (Video)”