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August 25, 2014 AT 11:25 am

Soft Robotics Research: Snuggle Against the Machine

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Soft Robotics Research: Snuggle Against the Machine @ Businessweek.

Inside a former organ factory in San Francisco, Della Shea is building a robot with a sewing machine. She works for Pneubotics, one of a growing number of startups designing softer automatons capable of flexible movements—and, perhaps, daily interaction with humans. “Right now our process looks more like tailoring than engineering,” says Pneubotics co-founder Saul Griffith, pointing to the thick vinyl material on the sewing machine operated by Shea, whose official title is “sewboticist.”


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