Contrary to conventional robotics which employ rigid materials like metals and hard plastics, pneumatically or hydraulically actuated soft-robots are squishy and highly adaptive to their surroundings. This makes them safe and ideal for collaborative work with humans and other organic life.
At present anyone who wants to tinker with soft robotics needs to go through the tedious process of design, fabrication and material sourcing. This creates a bottle neck in open exploration of this technology.
Flxo is an effort to address this need by democratizing key concepts in soft robotics. Flxo consists of prefabricated soft actuators, entirely 3D printed on a conventional desktop 3D printer, which can easily be integrated into the VeX robotics kit to build several different mechanisms.