“Electrically-Charged Hydrogel has applications for soft robotics and biomedical fields”
Category: Soft Robots
A totally soft robotic arm freely moving in water inspired by the form and morphology of the octopus.
Earthworms creep along the ground by alternately squeezing and stretching muscles along the length of their bodies, inching forward with each wave of contractions. Snails and sea cucumbers also use this mechanism, called peristalsis, to get around, and our own gastrointestinal tracts operate by a similar action, squeezing muscles along the esophagus to push food to the stomach.
Having already broken new ground in robotics with the development, last year, of a class of “soft”, silicone-based robots based on creatures like squid and octopi, Harvard scientists are now working to create systems that would allow the robots to camouflage themselves, or stand out in their environment.
A robot that can change colour to either blend in with or stand out from its surroundings has been created by scientists.