Soft Robots Could Be Far More Useful Than Hard Ones

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Soft robots are better equipped than their rigid counterparts to navigate unpredictable terrain. They can squeeze into tight spaces, change their gait on a dime, and withstand potentially damaging forces. (One soft robot created at Harvard is able to "survive" getting run over by a car!) These capabilities may make them especially useful in search and rescue fields, as well as medical ones.

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Key Facts In This Video

  1. Soft robots are better equipped to deal with uncertain environments and potentially damaging elements than rigid ones. 00:14

  2. See how a soft robot arm modeled after an octopus tentacle behaves underwater: 02:06

  3. Flexible robots could allow surgeons to navigate and see inside a patient's body with greater precision. 03:41

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