Soft Robot Wraps Around a Human Heart and Assists with Heartbeats

Published by , January 23, 2017 9:18 am

(InterestingEngineering)  Harvard researchers helped develop a soft robot that can wrap around a human heart to assist it beating. The soft robot contracts with the heart’s beats. It boosts weaker heartbeats, adding reinforcements with each pulse. It has a thin silicone sleeve that uses pneumatic actuators. The device does have an external pump that takes in air to power the actuators.
“This research demonstrates that the growing field of soft robotics can be applied to clinical needs and potentially reduce the burden of heart disease and improve the quality of life for patients,” said the paper’s lead author Ellen T. Roche.

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