Conventiol microsystems including sensors and actuators are made of rigid materials such as silicon because of their origin from the microelectronics. However, most micro- and nosytems found in the ture are made of soft materials allowing them to deform or even morph depending on the task and exterl environment. The deformability allows tural microsystems to exceed the performance of their rigid micromachined counterparts. Inspired by ture, recent research efforts have been focused on soft microsystems including sensors, actuators and microfluidic platforms, promising a completely new approach in engineering small systems with a broad range of applications.
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