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Making Simple Robots by Kathy Ceceri

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Project: Make an Inflatable Robot

An inflatable robot (or robotic body part) has a soft, stretchy outer surface and one or more air chambers inside. It can move or change shape by adjusting the amount of air it contains.

What It Does

Inflatable robots and robotic parts are cheap, lightweight, strong, and collapsible, making them easy to store or carry. Inflatable actuators, also known as air muscles or pneumatic artificial muscles, allow robots to move in a more natural way than gears and motors.

Where It Came From

If you’ve seen the Disney hit Big Hero 6 and its star Baymax, you know that soft, inflatable robots are all the rage. Real-life ...

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