A liquid-based, solar-powered soft robot has this writer dreaming of its potential applications in space explorations and beyond.
Medha Goyal is the author of Soft Materials, Hard Science, a blog dedicated to reporting advances in applied soft materials for general audiences via a mix of science reporting and sci-fi. She is currently studying for her Masters of Science in molecular engineering at the University of Chicago where she specializes in polymer science and engineering. Aside from science, Medha is also passionate about vegetarian cooking and swing dancing.
Jamming solids find use as all-purpose robotic skin
An active polymer skin that can be be reshaped on-demand takes existing technologies and adapts their functionalities to the needs of a changing environment.