Bulletin of the American Physical Society
APS March Meeting 2022
Volume 67, Number 3
Monday–Friday, March 14–18, 2022; Chicago
Session A21: Morphing Matter: From Soft Robotics to 4D Printing I
8:00 AM–11:00 AM,
Monday, March 14, 2022
Room: McCormick Place W-185D
Sponsoring Units: DSOFT GSNP DPOLY
Chair: PT Brun, Princeton University
Abstract: A21.00006 : Smart fluidic circuits for electronics-free untethered soft robots*
9:24 AM–9:36 AM
Luuk C Van Laake
Johannes B Overvelde
To overcome these limitations, we remove electronics and hard components with a novel control paradigm, where we embed control elements directly in the fluidic circuits. By exploiting interactions between the driving fluid and non-linear elastomeric mechanisms, e.g. exhibiting instabilities, we implement functionalities such as oscillatory actuation, environmental feedback, short and long term memory and energy storage.
To this end, both the design of original devices and the fundamental understanding of the underlying physics are required. We make use of both experimental and analytical approaches, combining the creative side of the process with mathematical tools to describe the fundamental principles.
We believe that developing and understanding a new electronics-free form of intelligence entirely based on the soft robots’ structure is key for the realization of real-life autonomous soft robots.
*FlowBot project funded as ERC starting grant ERC-2020-STG under program H2020-EU.1.1. with grant agreement ID 948132.European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 767195.
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