New soft robot material can repair damage to itself

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Robots made from soft, flexible materials, have a wide variety of potential uses, such as grasping delicate objects during manufacturing processes, as medical aids, or as limb prostheses. However, one major drawback is that soft materials are susceptible to damage from sharp objects or excessive pressure. Repairing these robots is time consuming and requires expensive parts - until now. A team of researchers at the Free University of Brussels (VUB) in Belgium, working to develop a self-healing soft robot, have created a robot hand out of material that can heal itself when damaged. The soft robot hand is made of…

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