Snakeskin-Inspired Robot Uses Kirigami to Move

Published by , March 12, 2018 2:07 pm

(ScienceDaily)  A team of researchers from the Harvard John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEASdeveloped a soft robot inspired by snakeskin that crawls without any rigid components. The soft robotic scales are made using kirigami — an ancient Japanese paper craft that relies on cuts, rather than origami folds, to change the properties of a material. As the robot stretches, the flat kirigami surface is transformed into a 3D-textured surface, which grips the ground just like snakeskin.