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Review
. May-Jun 2018;9(3):19-24.
doi: 10.1109/MPUL.2018.2814240.

The Robotics Revolution Will Be Soft: Soft Robotics Proliferate-Along With Their Sources of Inspiration

Review

The Robotics Revolution Will Be Soft: Soft Robotics Proliferate-Along With Their Sources of Inspiration

Sarah Campbell. IEEE Pulse. .

Abstract

When soft robotics first emerged, it was defined (as breakthroughs often are) by what it was that its traditional counterparts were not, i.e., soft. A decade in, the nomenclature remains apt. The pliant materials used in soft robotics are often both a defining trait and a source of advantage. Soft robots continue to make headlines with their ability to squeeze, octopus-like, through narrow crevices; change shape; and survive impacts that would crush a traditional rigid robot. They distinguish themselves from their hard counterparts with their damage resilience, complex movements, and suitability for use with the human body.

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