The first autonomous, entirely soft robot

the octobot

This entirely soft robot was made using three fabrication methods – soft lithography, molding, and 3D printing. The researchers who made the octobot replaced all rigid components, even for its power/fuel source and applied their expertise in 3D printing, mechanical engineering, and microfluidics.

I am enjoying watching the rigidity of traditional electronics change as our relationships and closeness to electronics change. The design of its touch and feel and how one would interact with it becomes more approachable, physically. I feel like people are still in a software/coding boom where a lot of attention is paid to graphical user interfaces, where there is focus on creating simulated experiences — I am fascinated by the hardware interfaces we interact with, tactilely, to create other realities through these relationships.

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