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3D printing soft legs can help a robot walk across rough and rocky terrain

May 19, 2017 Tech News Leave a comment 437 Views



A team of engineers at the University of California San Diego have applied the biologically-inspired principles of soft robotics in order to develop a robot capable of navigating uneven terrain like rocks and sand.

The soft and pliable materials mean the robot’s four legs are capable of conforming to their surrounds, so its on-board sensors don’t need a precise picture of the ground in traverse it. If the system encounters an uneven spot, it can simply adapt its gait.