First 100 percent soft bot runs on chemical energy

Jan 30, 2017, 6:15 AM EST
(Source: Steve Rainwater/flickr)
(Source: Steve Rainwater/flickr)

In an astonishing advancement in soft robotics, the researchers at Harvard University have created a 3D-printed robot, called “Octobot”, which requires no electricity, battery or even tethering to a computer for its movement. The cute, spongy bot features a silicone body that houses a fluid-filled circuit, where highly concentrated hydrogen peroxide serves as the fuel to power the tiny structure.

The research team, which took about 300 attempts to get the material recipe right, claims that Octobot is the first self-contained soft robot ever created, writes Dezeen.

Robert Wood, professor of engineering and applied sciences at Harvard, said the research shows that robots, completely free from rigid components like batteries and electronic controls, can be replaced with soft versions and can be improved with more complex designs. The minimalist robot although lacks sensing and programming abilities for better motion control, notes MIT Technology Review.