Called Rollbot, the untethered soft robot
is built using liquid crystal elastomers and 3D-printed soft hinges that are encoded to fold based on the temperature, Caltech's official release notes.
The BME innovation integrates exoskeleton and soft robot
structural designs--the two technologies commonly adopted in existing upper-limb rehabilitation training devices for stroke patients as well as the PolyU-patented exo-nerve stimulation technology.
The team, which also included researchers from Rice University in Texas and Beijing University and Zhejiang University in China, claimed their worm is a "new class" of soft robot
. Up to now, robots have usually been unable to adapt to environments or move independently.
This is one of the driving reasons that we are searching for solutions within the soft robots
paradigm," she explains.
But the octobot is purposefully minimalist, meant just to show that such a soft robot
can be made at all.
"By engineering the properties of the material, we can control the soft robot
's movement remotely; we can get it to hold a given shape; we can then return the robot to its original shape or further modify its movement; and we can do this repeatedly.
But, a pair of interns at NASA's Langley Research Center in Hampton, are working on a series of soft robot
actuators that resembles an inflatable worm.
He and colleagues recently built an untethered soft robot
that could survive fire, snow and even being run over by a car.
[USA] Apr 24, (ANI): The researchers have developed a new and improved snake-inspired soft robot
that is faster and more precise than its predecessor.
Summary: TEHRAN (FNA)- Engineers have created a soft robot
that does not rely on a motor to propel itself through the water.
Researchers from Harvard have created one quite different-a completely 'soft robot
,' which they call Octobot.