The Robe experiment investigates the technical requirements for elastic transformation induced by phased inflation of multiple pneumorph cavity structures. The experiment derives its name from a long garment, the robe, examining how the robe is transformed in the process of dressing / undressing. The incentive for this experiment was to research how structure and actuation of the Robe pneumorph have to be devised in order to facilitate morphodynamic transformations.
Robe is inspired by soft actuation technologies developed in soft robotics, introducing high degrees of freedom, compliance and passive dynamics to the construction of architectural machines. The non-joint based kinetics of pneumorphic structures indicate potential for novel pathways for the spatial and technical design of transformable structures.