The future of robots is soft

The future is soft. Soft robots, that is. And from a crawling caterpillar called Trevor and a wing-flapping dragonfly called Julie, Iain Anderson has his sight set on Mars – and beyond.

Ask most of us to describe a robot, and we talk about a machine with android features and a hard body. Or perhaps a factory robot, a machine that works on an assembly line building cars.

But ask Iain Anderson and Markus Henke, from the Biomimetics Lab at the University of Auckland, and they enthuse about robots made from silicon, rubber and carbon; soft, flexible robots that don’t rely on printed circuit boards or conventional electronics to control their movements.

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RNZ Our Changing World | 27 July 2017

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