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SOFT ROBOTICS

Resilient machines through adaptive morphology

To prepare robots for working autonomously under real-world conditions, their resilience and capability to recover from damage needs to improve radically. A fresh take on robot design suggests that instead of adapting the robotic control strategy, we could enable robots to change their physical bodies to recover more effectively from damage.

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Fig. 1: A quadruped soft robot made from elastomer voxels (or cuboids).

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Hauser, H. Resilient machines through adaptive morphology. Nat Mach Intell 1, 338–339 (2019). https://doi.org/10.1038/s42256-019-0076-6

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