Harvard researchers demonstrate soft robot camouflage system

Harvard researchers demonstrate soft robot camouflage system


Soft robotics is a program that we’ve
been working on in the lab for a little bit over a year now and what we’ve done
is to basically looks to nature for inspiration
specifically organisms octopi and squid, soft organisms with
the idea that these robots would have advantages in terms of manipulation,
maneuverability, fabrications, cost, over the traditional heart robots that most
people are familiar with one of the remarkable things that they can do
is they can actually change their color and appearance and they do this
to signal one another, to blend in with their
environment. We again drew on the these organisms as inspiration and
decided that it was actually a pretty logical evolution to try and include
some of these aspects and our robots. We think that they could be very useful for
surgeons. We’re also interested in the idea that we can use to display aspect
of our work by being able to change colors to be bright or even to glow in
the dark that could actually guy our rescue workers to a specific location, like a
survivor or something along those lines.

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