# How can I simulate a changing environment with non-rigid objects?

Many robot applications (actually - the most practical and appealing ones) include the robot's reaction to (and impact on) the evironment, e.g. due to stochastic nature of the environment (e.g. when robot should handle non-rigid objects like clothes) or due to the variability of environment (e.g. harvesting robots should be prepared to pick fruits of different sizes and shapes).

The question is - is there a robotics simulator that can simulate not only robot but also the environment as well? E.g. that can simulate the response of robots action on cloth folding or fruit picking and so on. I guess that such simulator is really non-trivial but maybe there is some ongoing project for it?

• TomR, don't forget to select an answer as correct. Jul 11 '13 at 20:09