Transparent, gel-based robots can catch and release live fish

Transparent, gel-based robots can catch and release live fish

Feb 2, 2017 @ 05:25 | By Jennifer Chu |  MIT News Made from hydrogel, gel-based robots may one day assist in surgical operations, evade underwater detection. Engineers at MIT have fabricated transparent, gel-based robots that move when water is pumped in and out of them. The bots can perform a number of fast, forceful tasks, including kicking […]

2016 Breaks Records for North American Robot Orders and Shipments

2016 Breaks Records for North American Robot Orders and Shipments

Jan 31, 2017 @ 18:55 Robot Orders surged 61 percent in assembly applications while food & consumer goods orders increased 32 percent. The Robotic Industries Association (RIA), the leading advocate in North America for safety and innovation in robotics, announced today that in 2016 the North American robotics market broke all-time records for orders and […]

A Hydraulic Drive High-Power Artificial Muscle

A Hydraulic Drive High-Power Artificial Muscle

Jan 28, 2017 @ 17:29 The high-power artificial muscle that was successfully developed is a kind of McKibben type artificial muscle. As part of the Impulsing PAradigm Change through disruptive Technologies Program (ImPACT) Tough Robotics Challenge (Program Manager: Satoshi Tadokoro), which is an initiative of the Cabinet Office Council for Science, Technology and Innovation, the […]

Robots Learning To Pick Things Up As Babies Do

Robots Learning To Pick Things Up As Babies Do

Jan 27, 2017 @ 04:52 The Carnegie Mellon University provides a Robot that learns To Pick Things Up As Babies Do,by pushing and poking objects, putting them in their mouths and throwing them. Carnegie Mellon University scientists are taking a similar approach to teach robots how to recognize and grasp objects around them. Manipulation remains a […]

This Wearable Robot can Save Your Energy while Carrying Load

This Wearable Robot can Save Your Energy while Carrying Load

Jan 23, 2017 @ 02:40 A Harvard University’s team provided a wearable robot could lower energy expenditure in healthy people walking with a load on their back. Made of functional textiles, cable-based actuation and a biologically-inspired control system, the exosuit targets specific leg joints – instead of the full leg – and delivers assistance that […]

Artificial Fingertip that ‘Feels’ Wins Harvard’s Robotics Competition

Artificial Fingertip that ‘Feels’ Wins Harvard’s Robotics Competition

Jan 22, 2017 @ 19:04 |  An open-source 3D-printed fingertip that can ‘feel’ in a similar way to the human sense of touch has won Harvard University’s international Soft Robotics competition for its contribution to soft robotics research. Pushing the boundaries of soft robotics, the open-source tactile fingertip, known as TacTip, is a 3D-printed tactile […]

Soft Robot Helps the Heart Beat

Soft Robot Helps the Heart Beat

Jan 22, 2017 @ 18:31 | By Leah Burrows Researchers have developed a soft robot that fits around a heart & helps it beat, potentially opening new treatment options for heart patient. Harvard University and Boston Children’s Hospital researchers have developed a customizable soft robot that fits around a heart and helps it beat, potentially opening […]