Katrien van Riet, Bas Overvelde, Shibo Zou, Frank Delbressine
Many designers find it difficult to prototype air-driven soft robotic devices as this requires access to specialty fabrication equipment and materials, as well as a knowledge of pneumatics. Some resources are now in place, however soft component fabrication still remains a challenge. Other areas like the Arduino space provide standard kits and components that provide incredibly low-barriers to learning electronics and programming; however these are not yet available in the field of soft robotics design. How can we help designers move forward with soft robotics?