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Hands-On Soft Robotics Demonstrations

Tuesday, November 27
11:00 am – 5:30 pm
Hynes, Level 2, Exhibit Hall C

Wednesday, November
11:00 am – 5:30 pm
Hynes, Level 2, Exhibit Hall C

Thursday, November 29
10:00 am – 1:30 pm
Hynes, Level 2, Exhibit Hall C

Explore materials science applications in soft robotics through hands-on demonstrations from Carnegie Mellon University, École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL) and the Keplinger Research Group at the University of Colorado Boulder.

Visit the Exhibit and play with prototype actuators, grippers, artificial muscles, soft robotic insects, quadruped robots and more. Complementing these will be a group of high school students from The Haverford School in Pennsylvania displaying edible soft robotic candy actuators.

Come see the future!

Carnegie Mellon University
Untethered, Electrically Powered Soft Machines

CMU roboticsCome explore new actuation strategies and material architectures that allow soft machines to operate in unstructured, natural environments.

We will be showcasing our next-generation soft machines that exhibit the extraordinary maneuverability and resilience of natural biological organisms.

Soft Stretchable Robots for Gripping, Locomotion and Haptics

  We will be demonstrating four versatile fast soft robots driven by electroactive polymers:

  1. Flexible 200-mg robotic insect moving in complex paths at 4 leg-lengths per seconds
  2. Stretchable soft pump enabling fluidic actuation without external pumps
  3. Soft gripper integrating electro-adhesion
  4. Wearable Haptic glove for VR with high forces

The Haverford School
Developing Soft Robotics for Use in the Classroom: Fabrication and Application

Students from The Haverford School (Pennsylvania) will demonstrate their winning submissions to the 2017 and 2018 Soft Robotics Toolkit Design Competition.

First, the students will demonstrate their biodegradable, biocompatible and edible pneumatic actuators.

Next, the students modified the method of creating silicone actuators to make them easier to make and more durable.

They used these actuators in a glove meant to transfer a teacher's hand motions through the glove to instruct students in making pottery.

Keplinger Research Group, University of Colorado Boulder
HASEL Artificial Muscles

  Hydraulically Amplified Self-Healing ELectrostatic Actuators (HASEL) is a new class of muscle-mimetic transducers that harness an electrohydraulic mechanism to activate all-soft-matter architectures.

This unique actuation mechanism combines the versatility of soft fluidic actuators with the muscle-like motion and self-sensing capabilities of dielectric elastomer actuators to create versatile, high-performance, and robust artificial muscles.