Soft, Flexible Robots Offer Better Human Interaction

Soft, Flexible Robots Offer Better Human Interaction

A recent trend toward building pliable, inflatable bots aims to outfit them for more delicate jobs

Janet Burns
  • 22 september 2014

Advances in robotics over the past few decades have revealed many ways in which home-service robots of the future will not, alas, resemble The Jetsons’ faithful Rosie. In the past several years, developers have worked to set aside another of her features, and very much in our best interest: tomorrow’s robots, it seems, won’t be steely clunkers, but rather soft, flexible, and able to gently tuck you in at night.

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