The robots are coming, as we’ve been hearing for quite a while. Nearby, in The Hague, scientists, engineers and TU Delft students are working on robots we might encounter in the coming years, for instance in an abandoned factory.
Do a search for ‘robot hand’ online and you’ll soon come across mechanical metal constructions with humming actuators. “It gives you a queasy feeling. They look like claws”, says Professor Jo Geraedts. His engineering graduate, Rob Scharff, made a friendlier version in the first ‘soft robotics’ project at Delft University of Technology.