A compact low-cost electronic hardware design for actuating soft robots
Oguntosin, V. W., Nasuto, S. J. and Hayashi, Y. (2015) A compact low-cost electronic hardware design for actuating soft robots. International Journal of Simulation Systems, Science and Technology, 16 (3). 6.1. ISSN 1473-8031
Official URL: http://ijssst.info/Vol-16/No-3/cover-16-3.htm
A low cost, compact embedded design approach for actuating soft robots is presented. The complete fabrication procedure and mode of operation was demonstrated, and the performance of the complete system was also demonstrated by building a microcontroller based hardware system which was used to actuate a soft robot for bending motion. The actuation system including the electronic circuit board and actuation components was embedded in a 3D-printed casing to ensure a compact approach for actuating soft robots. Results show the viability of the system in actuating and controlling siliconebased soft robots to achieve bending motions. Qualitative measurements of uniaxial tensile test, bending distance and pressure were obtained. This electronic design is easy to reproduce and integrate into any specified soft robotic device requiring pneumatic actuation.