Robotics Controlled by Bursts of Air

Robotics researchers, engineers, and materials scientists from Rice University and Harvard University proved it possible to make programmable, nonelectronic circuits that control the actions of soft robots by processing information encoded in bursts of compressed air.

“Part of the beauty of this system is that we're really able to reduce computation down to its base components,” said Rice undergraduate Colter Decker , lead author of the study in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.