Scientists have already developed strong, capable robots. The next step is creating delicate, nimble robots — and that’s exactly what Colorado researchers have accomplished. They’ve outfitted robots with muscle-like features, offering them not only the power to manipulate heavy objects but also the gentleness to do so without damaging them.
Already, robots are being used in a myriad of industries, mostly for repetitive tasks which require a lot of power. But, they’re typically rigid and apply a fixed amount of force. Meanwhile, gentler robots and robots which can apply varying force can also be useful. So scientists from the University of Colorado wanted to explore the softer side of these machines.
“We want to do the opposite,” said Christoph Keplinger, assistant professor, “We want robots who will be our friends.”