Inspired by invertebrate organisms like jellyfish and earthworm, the research of soft robotics as alternatives to traditional rigid robots has made tremendous progress in recent years. Scientists are looking for solutions not only mimicking highly versatile locomotion of marine animals but also embedding multiple sensing and actuating functionalities into soft materials that enable adaptability to the environment. More importantly, soft robotic technologies hold great promises for biomedical applications including wearable, prosthetic robots, and miniaturized surgical devices.
In this collection at Nature Communications, we aim to bring together cutting-edge soft robotics research crossing multidisciplinary areas. Topics of interest include but are not limited to the following: — show all