With each development in technology and optimization in material use, it is becoming apparent that soft robots have a future in performing complicated surgery. Researchers at Harvard University "demonstrate their new soft material micro-fabrication process" which will enable robotic devices to act as a tool during invasive procedures.
The innovative soft robot takes on the appearance of an eight-legged spider, whose form is informed by "the colorful Australian peacock spider." The miniature tech device is made with silicone layers and its movements are controlled by a "phase-changing material" that is injected inside of the soft robot's body. In doing so, the researchers are able to add more precision in the use of such technology. The process bears the name of "microfluidic origami for reconfigurable pneumatic/hydraulic devices" (or MORPH, for short).
Photo Credits: Wyss Institute at Harvard University