Search results for soft robotics

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. ...

Nanomaterials Sep 21, 2020

Scientists propose multifunctional liquid metal nanocapsules

Liquid metals (LMs) are promising for applications in flexible electronics and biomimetic functional composites. Nanometerization and surface modification of LMs are usually used to improve their substrate affinity and processing ...

Robotics Sep 19, 2017

Soft robotics: self-contained soft actuator three times stronger than natural muscle, without the need of externals

Researchers at Columbia Engineering have solved a long-standing issue in the creation of untethered soft robots whose actions and movements can help mimic natural biological systems. A group in the Creative Machines lab led ...

Engineering Jun 28, 2016

Engineers create a soft motor that could power versatile soft robots

A small, squishy vehicle equipped with soft wheels rolls over rough terrain and runs under water.

Robotics Sep 19, 2014

Soft robotics 'toolkit' features everything a robot-maker needs

A new resource unveiled today by researchers from several Harvard University labs in collaboration with Trinity College Dublin provides both experienced and aspiring researchers with the intellectual raw materials needed ...

Polymers Jul 27, 2020

Soft robot actuators heal themselves

Repeated activity wears on soft robotic actuators, but these machine's moving parts need to be reliable and easily fixed. Now a team of researchers has a biosynthetic polymer, patterned after squid ring teeth, that is self-healing ...

Materials Science Jun 01, 2020

New stretchable, self-healing and illuminating electronic material for wearables and soft robots

Imagine a flexible digital screen that heals itself when it cracks, or a light-emitting robot that locates survivors in dark, dangerous environments or carries out farming and space exploration tasks. A novel material developed ...

Polymers Mar 21, 2019

Dynamic hydrogel used to make 'soft robot' components and LEGO-like building blocks

Using a new type of dual polymer material capable of responding dynamically to its environment, Brown University researchers have developed a set of modular hydrogel components that could be useful in a variety of "soft robotic" ...

Materials Science Nov 20, 2018

Combining pneumatics with a hydrogel to create a baromorph—for soft robotics

A small team of researchers at ESPCI Paris has come up with a way to combine pneumatics with a hydrogel to create a baromorph for soft robotics applications—a baromorph is a soft material that self-configures when inflated. ...

Robotics Oct 03, 2018

No more Iron Man—submarines now have soft, robotic arms

The human arm can perform a wide range of extremely delicate and coordinated movements, from turning a key in a lock to gently stroking a puppy's fur. The robotic "arms" on underwater research submarines, however, are hard, ...

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