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You cut a finger in half, put the two ends together, and after a while, it’s as good as new. It sounds like science fiction, but it’s absolute reality. If you are a robot at least.
In 10 years’ time, safe, soft robots will help us in our everyday lives. But because they are soft, they are also more vulnerable. Researcher Seppe Terryn at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB) in Belgium has found the solution in self-healing polymers.
Robots have long since ceased to be the stuff of the future. They are widely used in the production industry. Just think about the specialized tasks they perform in the automotive industry. These robots are large, heavy, and made of hard, metal parts. On the one hand to carry heavy loads, on the other so that they can protect themselves.
But an accident can easily happen with these robots. And because of their construction, the consequences may be serious. In other words, a dynamic, unpredictable environment, where people also work, is not the place for these kinds of robots. That is why researchers have developed soft robots. Robots that are based on the human body.
The flexible robot hand by Seppe …
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