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Researchers Develop Soft Robot Powered by Pressurized Air

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Soft robots are going to play a big role in space exploration, search & rescue, medical surgery, rehab, and other fields. Researchers from the Harvard John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS) have developed a soft robot powered by pressurized air that can pave the way for fully untethered robots for a variety of missions. The weight and complexity of components needed to power the device is greatly reduced.

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Before this research, we couldn’t build fluidic soft robots without independently controlling each actuator through separate input lines and pressure supplies and a complex actuation process. Now, we can embed the functionality of fluidic soft robots in their design, allowing for a substantial simplification in their actuation.

explained Nikolaos Vasios, a graduate student at SEAS.

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