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, “it can change its shape and gait to navigate complex environments more efficiently.” 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.