Soft robotics could be used, adaptively and delicately, to manoeuvre around the body during invasive surgery, or safely transport organs and soft tissue without damage.
While Whitesides’ work spawned an entirely new focus area for academic research and development, in 2013 Soft Robotics Inc. emerged as a pioneering force developing the first and only commercial applications.
The majority of today’s robotic solutions are based on hard linkages and vision systems, making it difficult to pick up soft and variable objects such as food, or interact safely with humans.
The design for Soft Robotics’ technology was inspired by the octopus – a paradigm shift from the traditional robotics approach.
By leveraging the properties of soft and compliant materials, we are able to build a fundamentally new set of adaptive and dexterous robotic hands that open up completely new applications for these labour-starved industries.
Soft Robotics’ technology helps new industries bring automation into their handling and packaging applications.
Soft Robotics Inc. is a member of the World Economic Forum’s 2018 class of Technology Pioneers.