Technology News – What if you could turn a stuffed animal into a robot?
It’s not an idle question. Researchers at Yale University have developed “robotic skins” that can be wrapped around everyday objects to turn them into soft robots that can move, grasp, and even — in a crude way — walk.
The skins are made of elastic sheets embedded with sensors and remotely operated actuators, which work together to create the makeshift bots. In recent tests, a plush horse wrapped with the skin was able to move its legs and a skinny foam tube was turned into a wriggling robo-worm.
That may sound silly, but the scientists have serious applications in mind.
Rebecca Kramer-Bottiglio, an assistant professor of mechanical engineering and materials science at the university and the