Robots have long been used to ease up the work of humans. They can be used for cleaning houses, operating devices, to communicate, or build objects. But after all, they have rigid parts and cannot perform multiple operations, move around difficult spaces and perform versatile movable operations. This is mainly due to the fact that they are made of solid materials and lack flexibility. But with a new age technology of soft robotics emerging, these manoeuvers will be possible.
Researchers from America, Korea and Japan recently joined hands at the National Science Foundation Project to create 3D printed soft robotic devices. The goal of this innovation is to create real and functional robotic muscles that could be used to develop prosthetic muscles for disabled people. Though real looking hands have been developed numerous times, they sadly do not function so. Kwang Kim, a professor at the University of Nevada, Los Angeles, recently collaborated with the NSF’s Partnership for Research and Education Program (PIRE), Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST) and Japan’s institute of Advanced Industrial Science, to develop realistic robot muscles. [read article online]
Kwang J. Kim, PhD, ASME Fellow, NAI Fellow
Department of Mechanical Engineering
University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV)
4505 S. Maryland Parkway / Box 454027
Las Vegas, NV 89154-4027
Tel: (702) 774-1419