Robot Skins. Photo: Yale University

By William Lepow-Beauregard, Age 9 and Indykids Staff

Rebecca Kramer-Bottiglio and her team at Yale University have created new robot skins which allow users to turn everyday objects into robots. Kramer-Bottiglio says that if you put a robot skin on an object, ā€œit can change its shape and gait to navigate complex environments more efficiently.ā€ This can be effective in search and rescue efforts on Earth or navigating unknown environments on other planets in space. In terms of humans, Kramer-Bottiglio says that “we can then take those same skins off that object and put them on a shirt to make an active wearable device.” This could be a shirt-like wearable device designed to correct poor posture.