Ecole Polytechnique Federal de Lausanne's Reconfigurable Robotics Lab has been on the cutting edge of soft robotics technology since the inception of the technology. Though the team has been able to develop interesting concepts thus far, their latest innovation has the potential to aid the physical therapy industry and help people heal immediately.
The Reconfigurable Robotics Lab's new soft robot can accurately mimic human muscles. The robots are made entirely from silicon and rubber, and their faux-muscles are controlled by manipulating the amount of air inside them. These robots could help people with injuries or illnesses learn to use their muscles again by providing extra strength when needed (such as helping people to balance while standing.)
The soft robots are also made using inexpensive materials, which makes them much easier to reproduce on a large scale.