Multigait soft robot
Watch a video of a soft robot wiggling its way underneath a pane of glass just three-quarters of an inch above the surface.
Move over, R2D2: a team of Harvard University researchers led by Flowers University Professor George M. Whitesides has designed a robot that can squeeze its way through a mouse hole—a skill that could prove useful one day in earthquake-relief efforts or on the field of battle.
Measuring just five inches long, the soft-bodied robot can inch, crawl, undulate, and squirm its way through spaces as tight as three-quarters of an inch, according to the Whiteside group’s paper, published this week in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS).
(December 01, 2011) “Soft” Robots: The Starfish Variation Harvard Magazine
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