1. 23.23: Reading, Searching, Skimming Exercise

Soft Robotics: A Bio-Inspired Evolution in Robotics

By studying biomimicry, soft robotics has been able to better create safe and complex systems, particularly in areas like biomedical studies; however, there are still many challenges to be found in creating accurate and reliable muscle-like actuation.

Sangbae Kim, Cecilia Laschi, Barry Trimmer, “Soft robotics: a bioinspired evolution in robotics”, Trends in Biotechnology, Volume 31, Issue 5, 2013, Pages 287-294, ISSN 0167-7799, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.tibtech.2013.03.002.

(From the course bibliography)

Controllable ‘somersault’ magnetic soft robotics

This paper reviews the creation of a soft robot with controllable somersault using a fixed magnet, largely focusing on which soft material provides the correct amount of friction to allow the robot to move but not uncontrollably.

T. S. Zhang, A. Kim, M. Ochoa and B. Ziaie, “Controllable ‘somersault’ magnetic soft robotics,” 2015 28th IEEE International Conference on Micro Electro Mechanical Systems (MEMS), Estoril, Portugal, 2015, pp. 1044-1047, doi: 10.1109/MEMSYS.2015.7051141.

(From IEEE Xplore)

Embedded 3D Printing of Strain Sensors within Highly Stretchable Elastomers

By using embedded 3D-printing–not dissimilar to “tattooing”l–a reliable shear stress sensor can be inside a polymer material.

Muth, J.T., Vogt, D.M., Truby, R.L., Mengüç, Y., Kolesky, D.B., Wood, R.J. and Lewis, J.A. (2014), Embedded 3D Printing of Strain Sensors within Highly Stretchable Elastomers. Adv. Mater., 26: 6307-6312. https://doi.org/10.1002/adma.201400334.

(From the survey paper refrences)

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