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Edible Soft Robotics

Our project is a material exploration of the sustainable applications of edible soft robotics. We were inspired by Cradle to Cradle design principles, which is an approach to design that aims for the infinite circulation of materials. When learning about soft robotics, we found ourselves intrigued by the similarities our silicon molds shared with gelatin. Inspired by our team’s shared passion for food and sustainability, we decided to explore potential possibilities for edible, sustainable soft robotics.

Medical Application: With the ability to be safely ingested by patients, soft robotics could deliver targeted treatments to the digestive tract or detect harmful substances in the body. Gelatin promotes cell proliferation. It mimics human tissue and could create artificial muscles, which could lead to advancements in prosthesis and tissue engineering.

Future Scope

Experiential Dining: Our material can be shaped into a variety of forms, creating an immersive and interactive dining experience that engages all of the senses. Dynamic desserts could move and change texture with every bite, and interactive cocktails could transform flavors with each sip.

Sustainable Packaging: With their biodegradable and biocompatible properties, edible soft robots can be used as environmental packaging. Because it dissolves in water, packaging materials would no longer need to end up in the landfill.

More details of the project coming soon. Stay tuned!

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