Soft, Spidery Robots that Go Inside Our Bodies

Flexible devices could help researchers in new ways

Video courtesy of the Wyss Institute at Harvard University

Researchers at Harvard’s Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering, Harvard John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, and Boston University have used a new integrated fabrication process to create robotic soft spiders—inspired by the millimeter-sized colorful Australian peacock spider—from a single elastic material with body-shaping, motion, and color features. Sheila Russo and Tommaso Ranzani, now assistant professors at Boston University, are coauthors of the study.

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