Life shows us that the distribution of intelligence throughout flexible muscular networks is a highly successful solution
to a wide range of challenges, for example: human hearts, octopi, or even starfish. Recreating this success in engineered
systems requires soft actuator technologies with embedded sensing and intelligence. Dielectric Elastomer Actuator(s)
(DEA) are promising due to their large stresses and strains, as well as quiet flexible multimodal operation. Recently
dielectric elastomer devices were presented with built in sensor, driver, and logic capability enabled by a new concept
called the Dielectric Elastomer Switch(es) (DES). DES use electrode piezoresistivity to control the charge on DEA and
enable the distribution of intelligence throughout a DEA device.
In this paper we advance the capabilities of DES further to form volatile memory elements. A set reset flip-flop with
inverted reset line was developed based on DES and DEA. With a 3200V supply the flip-flop behaved appropriately and
demonstrated the creation of dielectric elastomer memory capable of changing state in response to 1 second long set and
reset pulses. This memory opens up applications such as oscillator, de-bounce, timing, and sequential logic circuits; all of
which could be distributed throughout biomimetic actuator arrays.
Future work will include miniaturisation to improve response speed, implementation into more complex circuits, and
investigation of longer lasting and more sensitive switching materials.