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Elephant's trunk robot: an extremely versatile under-actuated continuum robot driven by a single motor

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Elephant's trunk robot: an extremely versatile under-actuated continuum robot driven by a single motor. / Liu, Yuwang; Ge, Zhuang ; Yang, Shangkui ; Walker, Ian D. ; Ju, Zhaojie.

In: Journal of Mechatronics and Robotics, Vol. 11, No. 5, 051008, 01.10.2019.

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Liu, Y, Ge, Z, Yang, S, Walker, ID & Ju, Z 2019, 'Elephant's trunk robot: an extremely versatile under-actuated continuum robot driven by a single motor', Journal of Mechatronics and Robotics, vol. 11, no. 5, 051008. https://doi.org/10.1115/1.4043923

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Liu, Y., Ge, Z., Yang, S., Walker, I. D., & Ju, Z. (2019). Elephant's trunk robot: an extremely versatile under-actuated continuum robot driven by a single motor. Journal of Mechatronics and Robotics, 11(5), [051008]. https://doi.org/10.1115/1.4043923

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Liu Y, Ge Z, Yang S, Walker ID, Ju Z. Elephant's trunk robot: an extremely versatile under-actuated continuum robot driven by a single motor. Journal of Mechatronics and Robotics. 2019 Oct 1;11(5). 051008. https://doi.org/10.1115/1.4043923

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Liu, Yuwang ; Ge, Zhuang ; Yang, Shangkui ; Walker, Ian D. ; Ju, Zhaojie. / Elephant's trunk robot: an extremely versatile under-actuated continuum robot driven by a single motor. In: Journal of Mechatronics and Robotics. 2019 ; Vol. 11, No. 5.

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