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Title: Flexible robotic actuators

Abstract

Systems and methods for providing flexible robotic actuators are disclosed. Some embodiments of the disclosed subject matter include a soft robot capable of providing a radial deflection motions; a soft tentacle actuator capable of providing a variety of motions and providing transportation means for various types of materials; and a hybrid robotic system that retains desirable characteristics of both soft robots and hard robots. Some embodiments of the disclosed subject matter also include methods for operating the disclosed robotic systems.

Inventors:
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Issue Date:
Research Org.:
STATEMENT REGARDING FEDERALLY SPONSORED RESEARCH OR DEVELOPMENT The present invention was made with United States government support under Grant No. W911NF-11-1-0094 and W911NF-09-1-0476 awarded by Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA); under Grant No. DE-FG02- 00ER45852 awarded by the Department of Energy; and under Grant Nos. DMR-1005022, PHY-0646094, and DMR- 0820484 awarded by National Science Foundation (NSF). The United States government has certain rights in this invention.
Sponsoring Org.:
USDOE; USDOD Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA); National Science Foundation (NSF)
OSTI Identifier:
1823917
Patent Number(s):
10994413
Application Number:
15/990,268
Assignee:
President and Fellows of Harvard College (Cambridge, MA)
Patent Classifications (CPCs):
A - HUMAN NECESSITIES A47 - FURNITURE A47L - DOMESTIC WASHING OR CLEANING
B - PERFORMING OPERATIONS B25 - HAND TOOLS B25J - MANIPULATORS
DOE Contract Number:  
FG02-00ER45852; DMR-0820484; DMR-1005022; PHY-0646094; W911NF-09-1-0476; W911NF-11-1-0094
Resource Type:
Patent
Resource Relation:
Patent File Date: 05/25/2018
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English

Citation Formats

Morin, Stephen A., Shepherd, Robert F., Stokes, Adam, Ilievski, Filip, Martinez, Ramses V., Branch, Jamie L., Fish, Carina R., Jin, Lihua, Nunes, Rui M. D., Suo, Zhigang, and Whitesides, George M.. Flexible robotic actuators. United States: N. p., 2021. Web.
Morin, Stephen A., Shepherd, Robert F., Stokes, Adam, Ilievski, Filip, Martinez, Ramses V., Branch, Jamie L., Fish, Carina R., Jin, Lihua, Nunes, Rui M. D., Suo, Zhigang, & Whitesides, George M.. Flexible robotic actuators. United States.
Morin, Stephen A., Shepherd, Robert F., Stokes, Adam, Ilievski, Filip, Martinez, Ramses V., Branch, Jamie L., Fish, Carina R., Jin, Lihua, Nunes, Rui M. D., Suo, Zhigang, and Whitesides, George M.. Tue . "Flexible robotic actuators". United States. https://www.osti.gov/servlets/purl/1823917.
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