Tensegrity and Soft Robotics

Our lab builds structurally compliant robots for applications including exosuits, exoskeletons, manipulators, prosthetics, and rovers.

Tensegrity is a design principle that features compression elements suspended within a network of tension elements. This fusion results in a hybrid soft-rigid structure that easily complies with external stresses by distributing loads throughout the entire tension network.

This paradigm is particularly useful for developing robots that mimic musculoskeletal kinematics and dynamics. We have chosen to apply these ideas to our own biomechanically-oriented projects.

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