Search results for soft robotics

Materials Science May 06, 2021

Artificial color-changing material that mimics chameleon skin can detect seafood freshness

Scientists in China and Germany have designed an artificial color-changing material that mimics chameleon skin, with luminogens (molecules that make crystals glow) organized into different core and shell hydrogel layers instead ...

Polymers May 06, 2021

Smart magnetic soft materials to develop artificial muscles and therapeutic robots

Developing a new generation of artificial muscles and soft nanorobots for drug delivery are some of the long-term goals of 4D-BIOMAP, an ERC research project being undertaken by the Universidad Carlos III de Madrid (UC3M).This ...

Materials Science Apr 29, 2021

New law of physics helps humans and robots grasp the friction of touch

Although robotic devices are used in everything from assembly lines to medicine, engineers have a hard time accounting for the friction that occurs when those robots grip objects—particularly in wet environments. Researchers ...

Materials Science Apr 28, 2021

New frontier for 3D printing develops state-of-the-art soft materials able to self-heal

The scientific community is focusing its research into the multiple applications of hydrogels, polymeric materials which contain a large amount of water, that have the potential to reproduce the features of biological tissues. ...

Materials Science Apr 27, 2021

Smart dielectric elastomers for self-healing soft robots

Robots that resemble organs are known as soft robots, and in order for them to function they must be made of a flexible material, however a material that can also heal itself would be a bonus if wear and tear was to occur. ...

Polymers Apr 13, 2021

Researchers break new ground in 3D printed soft robotics with largest range of polymer hybrids

In a study published in Applied Materials Today, researchers from Singapore have developed the largest range of silicone and epoxy hybrid resins for the 3D printing of wearable devices, biomedical equipment, and soft robotics. ...

Bio & Medicine Apr 29, 2021

Targeting tumors with nanoworms

Drugs and vaccines circulate through the vascular system reacting according to their chemical and structural nature. In some cases, they are intended to diffuse. In other cases, like cancer treatments, the intended target ...

Materials Science Mar 02, 2021

Designing soft materials that mimic biological functions

Northwestern Engineering researchers have developed a theoretical model to design soft materials that demonstrate autonomous oscillating properties that mimic biological functions. The work could advance the design of responsive ...

Nanomaterials Mar 26, 2021

Pressure sensor with high sensitivity and linear response based on soft micropillared electrodes

In recent years, with the rapid development of flexible electronic skins, high-performance flexible tactile sensors have received more attention and have been used in many fields such as artificial intelligence, health monitoring, ...

Materials Science Feb 24, 2021

An intelligent soft material that curls under pressure or expands when stretched

Plants and animals can rapidly respond to changes in their environment, such as a Venus flytrap snapping shut when a fly touches it. However, replicating similar actions in soft robots requires complex mechanics and sensors. ...

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