A team from the Disney R&D Laboratory has created 3D printed soft robotic limbs made with a rubbery outer skin that protects the hard plastic robotic parts inside. The airtight cavity inside responds to air pressure, and that enables it to hold delicate objects with ease. This design provides safer interactions between the robot and the one holding it.
Ultimately, the goal of this research is to develop a way for robots to interact with children safely. Though there are still lots to improve on in terms of technology and design, Disney seems well on its way towards creating a two-legged robot that resembles an animated character.