Edible Soft Robotics - Kari Love talks hacking on edible robots at the Chaos Communications Congress hacker conference
Kari has been spending the past few months experimenting in novel materials for soft bodied robots - candies, gummies, and chewable things. She's been developing fun, approachable projects for our book MAKE: Soft Robots including ones on edible robots.
One of the coolest results of this exploration has been the chemical and structural overlaps between the rubbers and plastics we use for projects like the Glaucus, and the candies you'll find at any convenience store. You'll find colloids, molecular lattices, and gels across both seemingly unrelated territories.
We're looking forward to showing off the results of her experiments and research as the project progresses. In the mean time, you should watch her talk (above) given at the 33rd Chaos Communications Congress hacker conference. In it, she talks about applying her design process to solve problems we don't traditionally think of as design problems, exploring new territories by consulting experts and casting a wide net, and getting comfortable with sharing work in progress.