Coiling robotic gripper grasps objects like an elephant’s trunk

Chameleon tongues, gecko feet and octopus tentacles are just a few of the animal body parts we’ve seen inspire soft robotic grippers, but nature still has plenty to offer researchers in this field. A team in Australia is the latest to tap into the worl… Continue reading Coiling robotic gripper grasps objects like an elephant’s trunk

Assistive Gloves Come in Pairs

We have to hand it to this team, their entry for the 2020 Hackaday Prize is a classic pincer maneuver. A team from [The University of Auckland] in New Zealand and [New Dexterity] is designing a couple of gloves for both rehabilitation and human augmentation. One style is a human-powered …read more

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Squid-inspired robotic muscles heal themselves in a second

Materials that can heal themselves after becoming damaged have opened up some interesting new possibilities over the past decade or so, pointing to a future of scratch-resistant car paints and space ships that can plug their own holes. A newly develope… Continue reading Squid-inspired robotic muscles heal themselves in a second

Hybrid robot hand combines strength with a soft touch

Generally speaking, robotic “hands” vary between rigid devices with a firm grasp, and softer, gentler gadgets that are a bit wimpier. Now, however, scientists have created an appendage that they claim combines the best features of both.Continue Reading… Continue reading Hybrid robot hand combines strength with a soft touch

Coral polyp-inspired robot cleans up using magnets and light

Researchers at Eindhoven University of Technology in the Netherlands have drawn inspiration from a tiny tentacled marine creature to produce a centimeter-scale robot that is powered by magnets and light. With the ability to grab and release objects und… Continue reading Coral polyp-inspired robot cleans up using magnets and light

Harvard’s programmable kirigami balloons inflate into “crazy” shapes

By turning to the paper-based art form of kirigami for inspiration, a team of Harvard researchers has developed a system for programmable balloons that can take on all kinds of “crazy” shapes when inflated. More than just a vehicle to produce impressiv… Continue reading Harvard’s programmable kirigami balloons inflate into “crazy” shapes

Air-powered robotic jellyfish outpaces its real-life rivals

The unique movement of jellyfish has made them a popular model of study for robotics researchers, who hope to develop advanced new machines that move with great efficiency. Scientists are now showing off a new breed of soft robots inspired by these mar… Continue reading Air-powered robotic jellyfish outpaces its real-life rivals

Soft-bodied robot channels the cheetah to move fast

An illustration depicting how the LEAP robot is inspired by the cheetah's running style

When we think of soft-bodied robots, we tend to picture things that slowly crawl like caterpillars. A new one is able to move much quicker, though, by leaping like a cheetah.

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