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Soft Actuators for Small-Scale Robotics




This review comprises a detailed survey of ongoing methodologies for soft actuators, highlighting approaches suitable for nanometer- to centimeter-scale robotic applications. Soft robots present a special design challenge in that their actuation and sensing mechanisms are often highly integrated with the robot body and overall functionality. When less than a centimeter, they belong to an even more special subcategory of robots or devices, in that they often lack on-board power, sensing, computation, and control. Soft, active materials are particularly well suited for this task, with a wide range of stimulants and a number of impressive examples, demonstrating large deformations, high motion complexities, and varied multifunctionality. Recent research includes both the development of new materials and composites, as well as novel implementations leveraging the unique properties of soft materials.

Author(s): Hines, Lindsey and Petersen, Kirstin and Lum, Guo Zhan and Sitti, Metin
Journal: Advanced Materials
Year: 2017
Day: 29

Department(s): Physical Intelligence
Bibtex Type: Article (article)

DOI: 10.1002/adma.201603483


  title = {Soft Actuators for Small-Scale Robotics},
  author = {Hines, Lindsey and Petersen, Kirstin and Lum, Guo Zhan and Sitti, Metin},
  journal = {Advanced Materials},
  year = {2017}