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Soft Robotics

A flexible grabbing end-effector of the robot arm

With

Wai Ching Cheng, Yifan Chen

Overview

Date

Sep to Dec 2016

Instructor

Guvenc Ozel

While at

UCLA Tech Studio

We designed a robotic couture for the small robots in the form of a functional prosthetic. The focus is a scenario where soft-robotics are combined with hard or rigid robotics and how they interact with a geometrical object. In this case, the small robotic arms serve as the site for our design and the task is to equip or extend them like a tool or gripper. The correlation and performance between the rigid robots and the soft robotics are crucial and we are focusing on how the overall Gestalt and spatial performance of the rigid robots are changed over time. The soft extensions, which we design, have to incorporate the possible movement of the rigid robots and combine the properties of soft and rigid. The prosthetic extension we design has to interact with a distinct object with a particular geometry and topology.

Final Video

Animation simulation