18 Aug 2012

Soft Robots That Change Colour, For Deeper Understanding



Soft robots consist of silicone and they also use hydraulic controls for movement across different types of analytical scenes.  It then follows that research conducted at Harvard University  has produced results where these type of soft robots are now capable of changing colours according to their positional  surroundings thus their visual appearance adjusts to the environment where they are situated, visiting or analysing.

Following an article in the Science Magazine, a description is given in more detail how this robot changing appearance works. Furthermore,  more information is provided at the DARPA website.

The practical implications for this technology, are interesting as it can be used for example to simulate muscle motion on flesh simulators,  prosthetics or even military applications. As a result, others projects such as Big Dog and GRASP lab may have other outcomes. Below there are videos of these robots.

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