Location: San Diego, California United States
Inspired by: I came up with these designs because I wanted to address a fundamental challenge in the field soft robotics. It is challenging to carry pneumatic control components (e.g. pumps, valves, batteries, and microcontrollers ) onboard mobile robots. Our solution replaces these heavy electronic components with soft materials. Right now, our research has been developed in a lab setting but it is exciting to think about how we can use electronics-free circuits for other robotic applications.