Soft robotic arm developed at CMU inspired Disney's animated feature

November 7, 2014 1:19 PM

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When Don Hall was working on a robotic character for his Disney animation, "Big Hero 6," he visited NASA and other robotic research centers in search of a huggable robot. Who wants to embrace a metal one?

In 2011 he visited Carnegie Mellon University, where he beheld a soft robotic arm inside Chris Atkeson's robotics lab that Siddharth Sanan had developed for his doctoral thesis. Made from polyurethane, the inflated, user-friendly arm was being designed to help dress, feed or comb the hair of people ...

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