Popcorn-Driven Robotic Actuators

  title={Popcorn-Driven Robotic Actuators},
  author={Steven Ceron and Aleena Kurumunda and Eashan Garg and Mira Kim and Tosin Yeku and Kirstin Petersen},
  journal={2018 IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation (ICRA)},
Popcorn kernels are a natural, edible, and inexpensive material that has the potential to rapidly expand with high force upon application of heat. Although this transition is irreversible, it carries potential for several robotic applications. Here, we examine relevant characteristics of three types of kernels including expansion ratio, transition temperature, popping force, compression strength, and biodegradability. We test the viability of popping by hot oil, hot air, microwaves, and direct… CONTINUE READING


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