A team of researchers has 3D printed a soft robotic hand that is agile enough to play Nintendo’s Super Mario Bros, and win too.
They made it possible with the integrated fluid circuits inside it. The team was led by Ryan D. Sochol, who is the assistant professor in mechanical engineering.
The robots’ usefulness would get decreased because each finger used to need its own control line, this hampered the portability and usefulness. But the use of 3D printing and fluids inside the integrated it could play the Nintendo with just one pressure point.
It operates depending on the pressure applied on it. At the demonstration level when low pressure was applied, this moved the first finger pressing the Nintendo controller and just making Mario walk.
When a high pressure was applied Mario would start running. With these variations of high, low, medium pressure switch the buttons were controlled and level 1 of the game was finished in 90 seconds.
They have made this development as an open source. Whoever wishes to develop this can read the papers for help. They said it is being done by them so that advancement in the field of soft robots happens more rapidly.