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United States Patent Application

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Systems and methods for providing flexible robotic actuators are disclosed. Some embodiments of the disclosed subject matter include a soft robot capable of providing a radial deflection motions; a soft tentacle actuator capable of providing a variety of motions and providing transportation means for various types of materials; and a hybrid robotic system that retains desirable characteristics of both soft robots and hard robots. Some embodiments of the disclosed subject matter also include methods for operating the disclosed robotic systems.
MORIN, Stephen A. (Arlington, MA), SHEPHERD, Robert F. (Brooktondale, NY), STOKES, Adam (Watertown, MA), ILIEVSKI, Filip (Santa Clara, CA), MARTINEZ, Ramses V. (Somerville, MA), BRANCH, Jamie L. (Topeka, KS), FISH, Carina R. (Cambridge, MA), JIN, Lihua (Somerville, MA), NUNES, Rui M.D. (Somerville, MA), SUO, Zhigang (Lexington, MA), WHITESIDES, George M. (Newton, MA)
14/ 480,106
September 8, 2014
STATEMENT REGARDING FEDERALLY SPONSORED RESEARCH OR DEVELOPMENT [0002] The present invention was made with United States government support under Grant No. W911NF-11-1-0094 and W911NF-09-1-0476 awarded by Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA); under Grant No. DE-FG02-00ER45852 awarded by the Department of Energy; and under Grant Nos. DMR-1005022, PHY-0646094, and DMR-0820484 awarded by National Science Foundation (NSF). The United States government has certain rights in this invention.