GoQBot is a soft-bodied robot that mimics the evasive rolling maneuver observed in many caterpillar species; this maneuver is capable of generating an immense amount of force for a short amount of time.
Huai-Ti Lin, Gary G. Leisk, Barry Trimmer. GoQBot: A Caterpillar-Inspired Soft-Bodied Rolling Robot. Bioinspiration & Biomimetics Volume 6, Issue 2. Pages 026007. April 2011. doi:10.1088/1748-3182/6/2/026007.
This paper presents a method of 3D printing flexible strain sensors within a stretchable elastic medium, allowing a high degree of freedom in the fabrication of these flexible sensors.
Joseph T. Muth, Daniel M. Vogt, Ryan L. Truby, Yiğit Mengüç, David B. Kolesky, Robert J. Wood, Jennifer A. Lewis. Embedded 3D Printing of Strain Sensors within Highly Stretchable Elastomers. Advanced Materials Volume 26, Issue 36. Pages 6307-6312. 2014. doi:10.1002/adma.201400334.
The RBO Hand 2 uses inflatable soft robotic components to create an underactuated, anthropomorphic, robotic hand that mimics the functionality of a human hand with a high degree of success despite a relatively simple control system.
Raphael Deimel, Oliver Brock. A Novel Type of Compliant and Underactuated Robotic Hand for Dextrous Grasping. The International Journal of Robotics Research Volume 35, Issue 1-3. Pages 161-185. January 1, 2016. doi:10.1177/0278364915592961.