2020 - 2021

Collaboration with Responsive Enviroment at MIT Media Lab

#Soft Robotics

FlowIO Platform

FlowIO is a miniature, modular, pneumatic development platform with a software toolkit for control, actuation, and sensing of soft robots and programmable materials. Five pneumatic ports and multiple fully-integrated modules to satisfy various pressure, flow, and size requirements make FlowIO suitable for most wearable and non-wearable pneumatic applications in HCI and soft robotics. FlowIO includes a software stack with APIs, Bluetooth capabilities, and web-GUI supported on all major mobile and desktop operating systems. The system is fully compatible with Arduino, JavaScript, and Google Chrome, while support for Scratch, Python, and Unity is planned for future development, making FlowIO suitable for makers from any technical background. Over a dozen people have used the FlowIO platform, ranging from high-school and college students to graduate students and researchers.


Awards & Publications
  • IDA Gold and Silver Awards 2022
  • IDEA Award 2021
  • Grand Price Hackaday Prize 2021
  • Silver A'Design Award for Scientific Instruments and Research Equipment Design

"FlowIO represents a brilliantly thought-out system for creating pneumatic prototypes. The factual and functional design supports the user down to the last detail. Industrial design at its best."


There is no setup, installation, or programming required in order to use FlowIO with the web-GUI that runs entirely in your web-browser. And moreover, you can use FlowIO with any Bluetooth compatible device - phone, desktop, laptop, or tablet - and with any operating system that supports Google chrome.