Light-driven soft robots
Soft robots made from light-driven plastics can now walk
Mimicking human and animal locomotion and transportation abilities in synthetic soft-bodied devices remains a challenge. We created a soft transporter robot with controlled multidirectional locomotion and transportation abilities driven entirely by blue light. The soft robot spans 2 cm across and is an ensemble of light-responsive liquid crystalline polymers that can harness motion. Using its “legs”, the robot can take strides exceeding 4 mm in any direction. It can transport cargo through a pickup and release mechanism using its “arms”.
|Team members||Marina Pilz da Cunha, Sebastiaan Ambergen, Michael G. Debije, Erik F. G. A. Homburg, Jaap M. J. den Toonder, Albert P. H. J. Schenning.|
|Department||Chemical Engineering and Chemistry|
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