In contrast to conventional robots, continuum robots do not consist of discrete joints and rigid links but are characterized by elastic structures. Continuum robots are inspired by nature, e.g. elephant trunks, snakes and tentacles, and are highly dexterous and flexible. They can be scaled and miniaturized such that numerous macro- and microscopic applications, such as manipulation in confined spaces (e.g. in minimally invasive surgery through natural orifices) or maneuvering on tortuous paths (e.g. turbine inspection or cell manipulation). The jointless, elastic structure allows to realize a wide spectrum of compliant robot structures suited to the particular application.
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