Here is a new 3D soft robot created by cutting and folding plastic films that is animated like living creatures. Dr. Sehyuk Yim in Korea Institute of Science and Technology (KIST) and his team invented addictive self-folding mechanism to connect all slices of the robot. They used the embedded tendons to create lifelike motion.
As Dr. Yim explains:
This result is very impactful, because soft robotics now widens its application areas beyond wearable robots and/or medical robots to the art and culture technologies in which the film and entertainment industries are interested. Also, merging the soft animatronics with emerging artificial intelligence will bring forth a wide range of changes on personal robots as well as human-robot interaction field