Soft Material Robotics
This report provides a detailed overview of the largely uncovered subset of the Robotics industry; namely Soft Robotics. This refers to robotics that are comprised of either soft materials, soft joints, or soft layers over hard armatures.
The report provides an introduction into Soft Robotics, including a definition and elaboration on various sub-types. It follows by exploring the novel capabilities that separate them from other robotic systems This report outlines two clear commercial opportunities; exoskeletons and grippers, and discusses some of the commercialization opportunities that are yet to be realized.
The Soft Robotics industry is in its embryonic stages, and ABI details the developments that will have to occur for them to become commercialised, including improvements in materials and sensors. But for every challenge in this emerging new field, there are multiple opportunities for researchers, technologists and businesses (and investors) to provide innovative solutions.
Table of Contents
- 1. INTRODUCTION
- 2. DEFINING TERMS
- 2.1. Atypical Robots: New Capabilities and Opportunities
- 2.2. Soft Materials Robots
- 3. NOVEL CAPABILITIES
- 4. COMMERCIAL SOFT ROBOTICS PRODUCTS
- 4.1. Soft Robotics: Industrial Grippers Supporting New Applications
- 4.2. SuperFlex: Powered Clothing for the Consumer Market
- 5. COMMERCIALIZATION OPPORTUNITIES
- 5.1. Very Young Market, But Many Opportunities
- 6. APPENDIX A: COMMERCIAL SOFT ROBOTICS COMPANIES
- 7. APPENDIX B: RESEARCH LABS SPECIALIZING IN SOFT ROBOTICS