News tagged with soft materials

Soft robots that mimic human muscles

An EPFL team is developing soft, flexible and reconfigurable robots. Air-actuated, they behave like human muscles and may be used in physical rehabilitation. They are made of low-cost materials and could easily be produced ...

dateOct 12, 2016 in Robotics
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Shape-programmable miniscule robots

One day, microrobots may be able to swim through the human body like sperm or paramecia to carry out medical functions in specific locations. Researchers from the Max Planck Institute for Intelligent Systems in Stuttgart ...

dateSep 27, 2016 in General Physics
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Conducting gels—from waste to wealth

Research by scientists at the University of York has demonstrated an innovative way of using a gel to extract precious metals such as silver and gold from waste and convert them into conducting nanoparticles to form a hybrid ...

dateNov 09, 2015 in Materials Science
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Soft robot changes color as it grips and walks

Soft robots can bend, walk and grip. And, unlike their rigid counterparts, some can get flattened and bounce back into shape. Now scientists report a new advance in the journal ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces: a way to ...

dateOct 14, 2015 in Robotics
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