When we saw mad scientist Saul Griffith take the stage at Autodesk University's Technology Mainstage, we knew we had to score a video interview. (We'd written about him here and here but had never met the man.) Among other companies, Griffith co-founded Otherlab, an "Engineering, energy, education, math, computation, design" firm with a host of inventions that are probably going to change the world. One of Otherlab's current projects involves pioneering "Pneubotics"—soft, inflatable robots actuated by compressed air.
Here's the basic idea:
That was just a finger. Here's an entire arm and what it can do:
And here's Griffith himself describing the project, how it started, and where the inspiration came from:
Stay tuned for more Saul Griffith, where he sounds off on inventor-entrepreneurship and advice for design students.
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