1.WHAT IS SOFT ROBOT?
A team of researchers led by an assistant professor of electrical and computer engineering at Cornell University has developed a new system of surprisingly simple fluid-powered actuators that enables soft robots to perform more complex movements. The researchers achieved this by exploiting the viscosity that previously hindered the motion of liquid-driven soft robots.
2.HOW IT LOOKS ?
A soft robot has a very simple structure, but can have a much more flexible function than a rigid robot. In other words, it is the ultimate embodied intelligent robot. Most modern soft robots are powered by liquids. Until now, most people have wondered how embedding functionality into robotic materials, such as elastomers, can be cost-effective.
3.WHY IT IS USEFUL?
The team created a six-legged soft robot with two syringe pumps on top. The robot walks and crouches at 0.05 body lengths per second. But this is just the beginning of the possible permutations. The new liquid power actuators can be used in various types of devices such as: B. A robotic arm. I’m interested in studying how the bellows are positioned in his 3D configuration.
We have described all the methods that can be used to design these actuators for future applications. For example, we show that if actuators are used as legs, a series of crossing tubes can transition from an ostrich-like gait with a very wide stance to an elephant-like trot. This is basically a whole new field of soft robotics.