The robotics team was inspired by the octopus which can change its shape and fit into small spaces.
On a recent sunny afternoon, Stanford University engineers pumped up their latest creation, turned on a few small motors and watched it move across a university green. The soft robot’s skeleton is built with flexible fabric tubes filled with air. Small motors move along the tubes to change the robot’s shape and allow it to move.
“The casual description of this robot that I give to people is Baymax from the movie Big Hero 6 mixed with Transformers,” said Nathan Usevitch, a graduate student in mechanical engineering at Stanford who works on the project, in a press release.
The researchers published a paper Wednesday in Science Robotics about their invention.