Scientists have created a soft robot that burrows like an earthworm. It can be challenging for organizations like the military to create elaborate underground tunnels quickly. However, the team of scientists expects this robot to dig a 500-meter tunnel at a speed of 10 cm per sec underground.
The soft robot has muscles that imitate a hydrostatic skeleton. This is a fluid-filled composition found in invertebrates. The muscles autonomously move it forward in tight spaces. The controllers will be able to navigate the automated earthworm freely and with ease underground.
“Fortunately, we’re able to pull in controls, AI and sensing experts from across the Lab to help us integrate these new capabilities.” says project leader Deepak Trivedi.
The design of this soft robot is innovative and allows for military organizations to fulfill their missions faster and more efficiently. Soft robots are helping to create valuable opportunities for military advancement.