Modularized bottom-up design platform for soft robotics
Soft material based soft robots have been fabricated with molding and casting methods. These fabrication methods are considered as top-down design approach, because all components and shape of the robot are custom designed to fit robots’ function. We introduce modularized bottom-up design concept to build soft robots by assembling prefabricated standard soft robotic bricks as similar as playing with toy bricks. With our modularized soft bricks, end users creatively and freely build various shapes of soft robots with different motions. We hope our approach extend filed of soft robotics.
Related papers and patents
Jun-Young Lee, Woong-Bae Kim, Woo-Young Choi, and Kyu-Jin Cho, “Development of a Modularized Design Concept for Soft Robotics: Introducing SoBL, a Soft Robotic Block,” IEEE ROBOTICS & AUTOMATION MAGAZINE, vol. 23, no. 3, pp. 30–41, Sep. 2016. [PDF]
Jun-Young Lee, Jaemin Eom, Woo-Young Choi, Kyu-Jin Cho, “Soft LEGO: Bottom-Up Design Platform for Soft Robotics,” 2018 IEEE/RSJ International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems (IROS). [PDF]