Micro-scale robotic systems
Professor Kevin Chen develops micro-scale robotic systems
Kevin’s robots perform with insect-like locomotive capabilities in aerial, aquatic, and terrestrial environments! From the video below: His flying robots use soft actuators, or artificial muscles, to flap the wings of the robot. These durable actuators are made by alternating ultrathin layers of elastomer and carbon nanotube electrode in a stack and then rolling it into a squishy cylinder. When a voltage is applied to that cylinder, the electrodes squeeze the elastomer, and the mechanical strain flaps the wing.
Kevin’s robots have to be seen to be believed: