News ID: 252252
Published: 0523 GMT May 02, 2019

Kid-friendly inflatable robot for space, home

Kid-friendly inflatable robot for space, home

Academics in the US are developing an inflatable robot they say could one day be used in space and in our homes.

Students use a computer system, connected to microchips within the robot, to inflate or deflate parts of the NASA-funded robot to make it move, Presstv Reported.

"For NASA that's interesting because if it's small and if it's lightweight, it's cheaper and easier to send it up into space," mechanical engineering department professor at Brigham Young University (BYU), Marc Killpack, said.

BYU says inflatable robots could be used to reach difficult areas in search and rescue efforts, to help old or disabled people or to even service satellites in space.


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