Open Soft Machines

Many innovative soft robots and soft materials have been developed in academia. However, there are challenges and difficulties to convey a knowledge on research paper to other research communities.

Open Soft Machines offers a research platform so that anyone can have a trial of state-of-the-art soft technology. The way of making robots/devices — recipes — are described by short movie format. We would encourage people to exchange knowledge for further exploration of future technology through this platform.

What is Soft Machines?

Cross-disciplinary domain for soft material, soft robotics, biology, flexible electronics, and tangible user interface that focuses on functions of softness.

(check the blog: Introduction to Soft Robotics)



Ryuma Niiyama

Ryuma Niiyama is a robotics researcher at The University of Tokyo, Japan. He received his Ph.D. in 2010 from the University of Tokyo. He joined the MIT CSAIL, MIT Media Lab, and MIT MechE as a postdoctoral researcher from 2010 to 2014. He is currently an assistant professor at the Graduate School of Information Science and Technology, The University of Tokyo. His research interests include soft robotics, printable robot, animal locomotion, and bio-inspired machines.


Young ah Seong

Hiroshi Sugihara



Yoshihiro Kawahara / Yasuaki Kakehi / Kenji Tsushio / Yumi Nishihara

and instructors!

Request / Collaboration

We are looking for research introduction recipe rather than handling soft materials. Please feel free to consult us. Also, if you have recipes you’d like us to make, please let us know by comment or email.
Contact : opensoftmachines@gmail.com

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This site is supported by JST ERATO Kawahara Universal Information Network Project