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First published 30 July 2014

A model-based framework to investigate morphological computation in muscular hydrostats and to design soft robotic arms

Vito Cacucciolo, Matteo Cianchetti and Cecilia Laschi

Abstract (Excerpt)

Soft Robotics is basically intended as building robots with highly compliant materials, but it is indeed more. Soft robots can safely interact with humans and with the environment and be able to adapt to different situations. These characteristics, combined with cheap materials and simple fabrication, candidate them to lead the next robotics revolution, when robots will massively move from the highly controlled industrial environments to the unpredictable real ones. As for the hardware, compliant materials such as silicones substitute stiff metals and rigid joints, following in under-actuated robots with virtually infinite number of degrees of freedom (DOF).