A new type of soft robot relies on two kinds of soft robot technology: pneumatics and dielectric elastomer actuators.
Dielectric elastomer actuators move when an electric field is applied across an insulating flexible plastic, causing it to deform.
These devices are fast and energy efficient. But they often fail when a bolt of electricity blasts through the plastic. Pneumatic robots are often slow and cumbersome. Now, researchers have married the best of both technologies.
Read the news story: http://www.sciencemag.org/news/2018/01/new-robot-muscles-are-strong-enough-lift-baseball-baseball-and-nimble-enough-pluck
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