Fundamentals of soft robot locomotion

J R Soc Interface. 2017 May;14(130):20170101. doi: 10.1098/rsif.2017.0101.


Soft robotics and its related technologies enable robot abilities in several robotics domains including, but not exclusively related to, manipulation, manufacturing, human-robot interaction and locomotion. Although field applications have emerged for soft manipulation and human-robot interaction, mobile soft robots appear to remain in the research stage, involving the somehow conflictual goals of having a deformable body and exerting forces on the environment to achieve locomotion. This paper aims to provide a reference guide for researchers approaching mobile soft robotics, to describe the underlying principles of soft robot locomotion with its pros and cons, and to envisage applications and further developments for mobile soft robotics.

Keywords: animal locomotion; bioinspiration; biomimetics; robot locomotion; soft robotics.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Biomimetics
  • Computer Simulation
  • Equipment Design
  • Humans
  • Movement*
  • Robotics*