'Soft robots' imitate biological muscles
At the University of Colorado in Boulder (US) a group of researchers is working on the next generation of robots. Instead of the metallic droids concept, these robots are made from soft materials that can handle a broad range of movements and stresses. These so-called ‘soft robots’ offer an enormous potential for future applications, because they can adapt to dynamically changing environments and are extremely suitable for interaction with humans. These soft robots can carry out a multitude of tasks, including the grasping of delicate objects such as raspberries or a raw egg, but also the lifting of heavy objects.