Soft Motion and Liquids

by Ben Haworth
29 Dec 2012 / 2633 Views

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From Friday 30/11/12 – 3/12/12 I was asked to take part in a workshop at the University of applied Arts (Angewandte) in Vienna. The workshop was based around fabrication methods for the development of soft robotic actuators initially outlined by the Whitesides research group (Harvard). This particular method was the central focus for my research thesis on the AAC Adaptive Architecture and Computation MSc that I completed this year.

The aim of the workshop was to introduce new people to the field of soft robotics with a view to developing new perspectives.

In Particular subjects explored were:

  • Scalability
  • Robustness
  • Luminesence
  • Fluid actuation as an
    alternative to compressed air

The workshop itself was organised and hosted by The Liquid Things (2012) research project at the Angewandte with additional contributions from  Ruairi Glynn and Manuel Kretzer.  The workshop was also based around previous fabricated examples by Zoi Karagiozi.

More info about the workshops and work done in this area can be seen here

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