A soft active origami robot

We report a soft origami robot driven by electricity. Under AC voltage, the robot vibrates and propels forward. Because it is cheap, light, and easy to make, we hope it offers a potential solution for space and/or swarm robots. The team involved researchers from NUS and A*STAR Institute of High Performance Computing. Photo and video […]

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Soft fluidic pumps harness instabilities for large-volume pumping

We report new designs of soft pumps made of dielectric elastomers, which allows for large-volume pumping across a wide range of hydrostatic pressures. By harnessing instabilities, the pumps are able to achieve large deformation. Two versions of pumps: Single membrane and dual membranes. This work was led by Dr Yap Choon Hwai and his post-doc Li Zhe at NUS. 

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Reuters feature – Robots are getting softer

Our NUS collaborators’ work on soft robots inspired by origami and inchworms are featured in the news! Delighted for Jian Zhu and his group, and honoured to be involved in their projects. Reuters Feature & (0:35 to 1:10 in this video)

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