What is Soft Robot?



Soft robots such as the one you can see in This Unstoppable Robot Could Save Your Life video, are a relatively new concept that’s gaining traction as the technology behind them improves. They’re designed to mimic human movement, and they could potentially help people with disabilities or injured limbs regain function.

How does a soft robot work?

Although still mostly in research phase, soft robots, as the name suggests, are made of flexible materials. They can be used in a wide range of applications including medical surgery and search-and-rescue missions.

Soft robots are safe to use because they don’t have any sharp edges or moving parts that might injure humans or damage other objects around them.

Why is it beneficial to have a soft robot?

Soft robots are more flexible, safer and can be used in places where humans can’t go.

  • They are safer: Soft robots do not have any sharp edges or moving parts that could harm people if they come into contact with them. This makes it possible to use them in places where humans cannot access, such as underwater or inside the body of an animal.
  • They can be used in hard-to-reach places: Soft robots can easily squeeze through tight spaces thanks to their flexible structure and lack of rigid components such as joints or wheels which would otherwise prevent them from moving through these gaps easily! This means that soft robots could theoretically explore areas inaccessible by traditional mechanical devices like cars or airplanes (e.g., deep sea exploration). This makes them ideal candidates for tasks like cleaning up oil spills too!
  • They’re more flexible than traditional ones: Most modern machines rely heavily on rigid materials such as metal wires/plates etc., whereas most living creatures utilize muscles made up entirely out soft tissue (like our own bodies). Because muscles contract when stimulated electrically rather than expanding outwardly like hydraulic cylinders do – this gives rise to many benefits including increased strength per unit mass vs using rigid materials alone.”

Soft robots vs. hard robots

Soft robots are not currently in commercial practices, but they have a lot of potential! They’re more flexible, weaker and lighter than hard robots–but that also makes them better suited to rehabilitation.

Soft robots are often made from materials like rubber or silicone rather than metal and plastic. This means they can move much more easily through tight spaces or around objects without damaging them. It also means that soft robots don’t need any complex parts inside them: no motors or electronics! But these advantages come at a cost: soft materials aren’t as strong as stiff ones so they aren’t as good at carrying heavy loads; they’re more likely to break down over time; and if something goes wrong with your soft robot then replacing parts will cost you much more money than it would take just fixing up an old hard one (or even building another one).

So what’s the future of soft robots in rehabilitation?

You can expect to see soft robots in rehabilitation therapies soon. As you can see in this journal, Soft robotic devices for hand rehabilitation and assistance: a narrative review | Journal of NeuroEngineering and Rehabilitation | Full Text (biomedcentral.com), the future of soft robots seems bright, especially when it comes to their use in physical therapy. Soft robots have the potential to improve quality of life for patients by making rehabilitation easier and more effective than ever before. They’re safer than traditional robots because they don’t cause damage if they bump into something accidentally; they’re also more flexible, which means that they can be used in more places (like homes).

Soft robotics is an exciting new field that could change how we think about prosthetics and rehabilitation therapies forever!

Soft Robots could help humans with rehabilitation.

Soft robots can be used to help humans with rehabilitation.

For example, a soft robot could give you a gentle nudge when you’re about to fall over, or it could help lift heavy objects for those who lack the strength or mobility needed for everyday tasks.


Although it is still at very early stage, soft robots can be a great way to help people with rehabilitation. They can be used in many different situations and are very beneficial for people who have mobility issues. Soft robots don’t have any hard parts that could hurt someone if they fall on them so they’re perfect for elderly people or anyone recovering from an injury.


Andrew Chang


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