Workshop: Hands-on soft robotics
Adriana Cabrera, Monserrat Ciges
We all assume that robots are sturdy appearing structures with stiff and bulky parts and that sometimes these can pose a risk if not adequately controlled.
In comparison, soft robotics are structures created with flexible, body-friendly materials, usually controlled by air, that attempt to simulate the subtlety of the body's movements.
Most applications of soft robotics are developed in the areas of medicine and food, and also in the exploration of extreme environments.
Today this field is explored in fashion, design, and art as a source of inspiration.
In this workshop, we will teach the basic principles of soft robotics, from the construction of a small inflatable to its electronic control. The goal is to understand how it works, how to make it with tools that are very easy to manipulate and have fun while making.