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November 5, 2018 | Source: IEEE Spectrum, spectrum.ieee.org, Evan Ackerman, 15 May 2018
Laser-Powered Robot Insect Achieves Lift-Off
Everything is better with lasers, especially tiny robot insects. For robots of all sizes, power is a fundamental problem. Any robot that moves is constrained in one way or another...
October 8, 2018 | Source: U.S. Army, arl.army.mil, 15 Mar 2018, ARL Public Affairs
Scientists Mimic Neural Tissue in Army-Funded Research
"Enabling a breakthrough in robotic augmentation of high-tempo military maneuver and operations requires disrupting the notion of an intelligent system as a rigid multi-body...
October 8, 2018 | Source: Harvard Paulson School, seas.harvard.edu, 28 Feb 2018, Leah Burrows
Novel 3d Printing Method Embeds Sensing Capabilities Within Robotic Actuators
Researchers at Harvard University have built soft robots inspired by nature that can crawl, swim, grasp delicate objects and even assist a beating heart, but none of these devices...
August 13, 2018 | Source: Harvard Paulson School, seas.harvard.edu, 23 February 2018, Leah Burrows
Researchers Combine Metalens With an Artificial Muscle
Artificial eye automatically stretches to simultaneously focus and correct astigmatism and image shift. Inspired by the human eye, researchers at the Harvard John A. Paulson...
Survivability and Vulnerability
June 7, 2018 | Source: Harvard Paulson School, seas.harvard.edu, 21 Feb 2018, Leah Burrows
Snake-Inspired Robot Uses Kirigami to Move
Who needs legs? With their sleek bodies, snakes can slither up to 14 miles-per-hour, squeeze into tight space, scale trees and swim. How do they do it? It’s all in the scales. As...
June 4, 2018 | Source: Rutgers Today, news.rutgers.edu, 30 Jan 2018, Todd B. Bates
Rutgers Engineers 3D Print Shape-Shifting Smart Gel
3D printing becomes 4D as objects morph over time and temperatures change. Rutgers engineers have invented a “4D printing” method for a smart gel that could lead to the...
March 5, 2018 | Source: Engadget; engadget.com, 20 January 2017, Nicole Lee
HaptX Promises to Make Your Virtual Hands Feel Like Real Ones
The holy grail of VR is immersion: to truly feel like you're in a virtual world. While most modern VR headsets do a pretty good job of this, the experience isn't perfect. One...
November 6, 2017 | Source: Johns Hopkins University, releases.jhu.edu, 15 Sept 2017, Phil Sneiderman
DNA Triggers Shape-Shifting in Hydrogels, Opening a New Way to Make ‘Soft Robots’
Biochemical engineers at Johns Hopkins University have used sequences of DNA molecules to induce shape-changing in water-based gels, demonstrating a new tactic to produce soft...
August 28, 2017 | Source: Universidad del País Vasco / Euskal Herriko Unibertsitatea (UPV/EHU), ehu.eus, 2 June 2017
UPV/EHU University Develops the First Nanometrically-Sized Superelastic Alloy
UPV/EHU researchers have explored superelasticity properties on a nanometric scale based on shearing an alloy's pillars down to nanometric size. In the article published by the...
February 27, 2017 | Source: AAAS Science Magazine, Ali Maziz, et al
Knitting and Weaving Artificial Muscles
A need exists for artificial muscles that are silent, soft, and compliant, with performance characteristics similar to those of skeletal muscle, enabling natural interaction of...