What is the Soft Circuits Toolkit?

The Soft Circuits Toolkit platform is a collection of components, tutorials, and documentation to teach about pneumatic circuits. The toolkit was designed by Katrien van Riet in the Soft Robotic Matter group at AMOLF in the Netherlands.

The toolkit allows anyone to prototype fully soft circuits that work on air instead of electricity. These types of pneumatic circuits can be used to create soft robots or intelligent devices such as shape-changing wearables. Because these designs are fully soft, and thus safer for humans to interact with, they show great potential in areas such as healthcare and human-robot interaction. As such, education in designing soft circuits, including pneumatic circuits, is needed. On this website you can find tutorials on how to use the toolkit, complete with step-by-step instructions and example videos.

How to get started?

Start by learning about components or building the example circuits! You can also take a look at the manual.