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Popping, locking robots

An interplay between deswelling and buckling in a polymer gel is harnessed to achieve sequential snap events for repeatable jumping motion, opening the door to autonomously moving soft robots.

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Fig. 1: Deswelling of a strip of silicone rubber.


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Overvelde, J.T.B. Popping, locking robots. Nat. Mater. 20, 1590–1591 (2021).

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