A class of cyber-physical systems that is gradually attracting increased scientific attention is Large-Scale Actuator Networks (LSAN). A prospective application of actuator networks is distributed manipulation. Distributed manipulation has the potential to become a game-changing technology in the area of industrial automation. To examine this class of systems, this paper presents a reactive elastic surface that autonomously morphs its shape by using a grid of linear actuators to transport an object into a target location. The combined action of the actuator grid overcomes the limitations of individual actuators, resulting in a system with multiple degrees-of-freedom. Experimental results illustrate the applicability of the platform.

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