X

This website uses cookies.

This website uses cookies to improve user experience. By using our website you consent to all cookies in accordance with our Cookie Policy.

I agree
Learn More
Get Geeky Gifts in the Technabob Shop! Follow Us: E-Mail | Facebook | Twitter | Pinterest
Cool Gadgets, Gizmos, Games and Geek Stuff on Technabob
AWESOMER MEDIA SITES: THE AWESOMER | MIGHTYMEGA | 95OCTANE

Sticky Actuators Use Air to Move Inanimate Objects: Noobmatics

by Lambert Varias
Advertisement

A group of researchers from the MIT and the University of Tokyo managed to breathe life into everyday objects with a cheap and easy-to-use pneumatic device. They call their invention the Sticky Actuator, a small plastic pouch that moves objects when air is pumped in or out of it.

sticky_actuators_air_pouches_for_animated_objects_MIT_university_of_tokyo_1zoom in

The researchers created two main types of Sticky Actuators. An individual pouch and a strip of pouches that are all inflated and deflated through a single tube. The researchers made Sticky Actuators using a CNC machine that’s been fitted with a heated metal tip. The machine can seal a pair of plastic sheets into pouches of varying shapes.

sticky_actuators_air_pouches_for_animated_objects_MIT_university_of_tokyo_2zoom in

Here are a few examples of Sticky Actuators in action:

Sticky Actuators provide an easy and fun way to prototype or play with animated objects, and could be useful in puppetry as well. They can be operated with a gamepad-like controller and are so simple even children can install them.

Although the researchers’ controllers can only switch Sticky Actuators in two states – deflated or inflated – it’s entirely possible to gradually control the air flowing into or out of the pouches. They can also be automated with the help of sensors. Inflate a browser and read the group’s paper on MIT’s website for more information.

[via Laughing Squid]

Deals in The Technabob Shop



Threezero BioShock Big Daddy & Little Sister Action Figures

Threezero BioShock Big Daddy & Little Sister Action Figures

Manga Realization Samurai Captain America 1/12 Scale Action Figure

Manga Realization Samurai Captain America 1/12 Scale Action Figure

Advertisement
SmartDesk 3 AI Standing Desk

SmartDesk 3 AI Standing Desk

The Spacesuits of FBFX

The Spacesuits of FBFX

Stunning Blue 1976 Lamborghini Countach ‘Periscopica’ for Sale

Stunning Blue 1976 Lamborghini Countach ‘Periscopica’ for Sale

2019 Porsche Cayenne Turbo Ups the Performance SUV Ante

2019 Porsche Cayenne Turbo Ups the Performance SUV Ante