The Emotibots project envisions shape-shifting small soft home robots interacting with humans. Robots will in the future increasingly populate households, and soft robotics is a promising field of research as soft robots are intrinsically safer for humans than conventional robots made from metal and plastic parts.
An Emotibot consists of a light outer wire mesh made from shape memory alloy and an interior of electroactive polymer artificial muscles, perovskite solar cells and low-power IoT components with multiway sensing embedded in microgel. The mesh can change its external form through micro-currents applied to each structural wire. Electrochromes in the gel provide for color changes, while moving activity is controlled by electroactive polymer strands. Electricity is provided through perovskite components.
Envisioned to be the next generation of smart personal assistants, Emotibots learn about their environments and communicate through shapes, colors, movement and sound. They are small, lightweight, soft, translucent and shape-shifting companions, helping the kids with their homework or assisting grandma with writing an email.
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