A soft robotic arm that lets operators safely grasp delicate marine creatures offers unprecedented dexterity.
Although soft grippers for underwater studies are not new, they are still attached to rigid extensions. In contrast, the smart robotic arm system from the team at Wyss University offers extra control with its extremely flexible design and low power consumption. The arm, which includes gripping, bending and rotary modules, is manipulated via a glove worn by the human operator and can be equipped with different grippers for various tasks.
Ultimately, the team hopes the glove-controlled soft robot could be adapted for use in undersea laboratories, where samples are collected and studied without ever being brought to the surface.