University of California San Diego engineers have put together the first soft robot which can navigate rough surfaces such as sand and pebbles. This tiny 3D-printed, four-legged bot can also change its shape to climb over obstacles and crawl through tight spaces.

Led by University of California San Diego mechanical engineering professor Michael Tolley, the team presented their soft robot at the IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation in Singapore.

Dylan Drotman, a Ph.D. student at the Jacobs School of Engineering at UC San Diego led the design efforts for the legs and the robot’s control systems. He developed computerized models to predict how the robot would move which he would then compare to the machine’s actual movements in the lab to optimize his design.

Read more: Meet Tolley, the single most adorable robot you’ll ever see ever — who’s also a breakthrough

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Published by Mike Rawson

Mike Rawson has recently re-awoken a long-standing interest in robots and our automated future. He lives in London with a single android - a temperamental vacuum cleaner - but is looking forward to getting more cyborgs soon.

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