Search results for soft robotics

Plants & Animals 20 hours ago

Robots help to answer age-old question of why fish school

A fish school is a striking demonstration of synchronicity. Yet centuries of study have left a basic question unanswered: Do fish save energy by swimming in schools? Now, scientists from the Max Planck Institute of Animal ...

Cell & Microbiology Oct 01, 2020

How local forces deform the lipid membranes

ETH Zurich researchers have been able to show why biological cells can take on such an astonishing variety of shapes: it has to do with how the number and strength of local forces acting on the cell membrane from within. ...

Materials Science Aug 14, 2020

Versatile new material family could build realistic prosthetics, futuristic army platforms

Nature's blueprint for the human limb is a carefully layered structure with stiff bone wrapped in layers of different soft tissue, like muscle and skin, all bound to each other perfectly. Achieving this kind of sophistication ...

Materials Science Aug 25, 2020

Less is more: A soft, self-actuated pump to simplify mechatronic devices

Modern mechatronic devices, from industrial machinery to robots, have seen a drastic increase in complexity and intricacy. With sophisticated functionalities being unlocked with each passing day, there has been an inevitable ...

Nanomaterials Sep 22, 2020

New 3-D printing method could jump-start creation of tiny medical devices for the body

Researchers at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) have developed a new method of 3-D-printing gels and other soft materials. Published in a new paper, it has the potential to create complex structures ...

Materials Science Sep 16, 2020

Rapid 3-D printing with visible light

3-D printing has driven innovations in fields ranging from art to aerospace to medicine. However, the high-energy ultraviolet (UV) light used in most 3-D printers to cure liquid resins into solid objects limits the technique's ...

Materials Science Sep 25, 2020

Materials scientists learn how to make liquid crystal shape-shift

A new 3-D-printing method will make it easier to manufacture and control the shape of soft robots, artificial muscles and wearable devices. Researchers at UC San Diego show that by controlling the printing temperature of ...

General Physics Sep 16, 2020

Researchers 3-D print tiny multicolor microstructures

Researchers have developed an automated 3-D printing method that can produce multicolor 3-D microstructures using different materials. The new method could be used to make a variety of optical components including optical ...

Polymers Aug 17, 2020

'Cyborg' technology could enable new diagnostics, merger of humans and AI

Although true "cyborgs"—part human, part robotic beings—are science fiction, researchers are taking steps toward integrating electronics with the body. Such devices could monitor for tumor development or stand in for ...

Bio & Medicine Aug 19, 2020

An on-skin durable nanomesh sensor to monitor natural skin motion

Comfortable strain gages can be directly placed on human skin to monitor continuous motion activity with widespread applications in robotics, human motion detection, and personal health care. However, it is challenging to ...

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