Soft robotics with compliance and adaptation for biomedical applications and forthcoming challenges

Abstract

Biology has always motivated engineers to come up with efficient and reliable machines to move in complex environments. The dexterity, softness, and body compliance of natural system such as cephalopods or caterpillars have inspired robotic engineers to incorporate soft, deformable materials such as gels and elastomers into their designs. Hence, the inception of soft robots shifts the paradigm and trends in robotics, which could potentially revolutionize health care, human–robot interaction, field exploration, rehabilitation, and related applications. Throughout this review article, we have restricted our discussion to the applications of soft robots in biomedical domains exclusively and the perennial challenges faced therein.

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