Mar 27, 2023

Engineering breakthrough in softbotics

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, health, robotics/AI, wearables

“Introducing the first soft material that can maintain a high enough electrical conductivity to support power hungry devices.” and self-healing.

The newest development in softbotics will have a transformative impact on robotics, electronics, and medicine. Carmel Majidi has engineered a soft material with metal-like conductivity and self-healing properties that, for the first time, can support power-hungry devices.

“Softbotics is about seamlessly integrating robotics into everyday life, putting humans at the center,” explained Majidi, a professor of mechanical engineering.

Engineers work to integrate robots into our everyday lives with the hope of improving our mobility, health, and well-being. For example, patients might one day recover from surgery at home thanks to a wearable robot monitoring aid. To integrate robots seamlessly, they need to be able to move with us, withstand damage, and have electrical functionality without being encased in a hard structure.

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