- Hard robots are vulnerable to breaking, and soft robots are slow, weak, and clumsy. Now, scientists have created a robot made up of both hard and soft parts that combines the best of both types. The idea of blending soft and hard materials in a robot's body came from nature.
- The researchers created the new robot using 3D printing, which creates items by layering materials such as rubber and plastic. The robot consists of a soft, three-legged body that absorbs impacts and a core that houses key components such as a battery, oxygen cartridge, butane cell, air compressor and a combustion chamber.
- Such leaping robots could one day come in handy in harsh environments too dangerous for humans, including space.
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