Researchers have created artificial muscles whose function was inspired by origami, which will be useful for soft robots
Imagine a robot that doesn’t require steel or hard plastic. Imagine a robot that can wrap its lifting device around an irregular shaped object and conform to it’s shape for a secure grip. I can imagine all sorts of “soft” robot applications for this.
For instance, how about a robotic prosthetic arm allowing a mother who lost her arm to hug her child? Rescue robots that can pluck up people or animals from places without fear of further injuring the person or animal?