Development of a multi-module STIFF‐FLOP manipulator

BBC News article

Scuola Superiore Sant'Anna (SSSA) worked on the development of a multi-module STIFF‐FLOP manipulator.

 The main focus of the research was the development of a manipulator composed of two interconnected modules, by mainly addressing the problem on how to bring the actuation to the distal module and how to integrate both the granular jamming based stiffening system and the sensors developed by King's College London (KCL). Force/tactile and bending sensors have been integrated in collaborations with KCL and partners are working on fusion and control using these sensors. Different prototypes of 2-module manipulators were fabricated and tested.





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