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Origami-Inspired Robot

Origami-Inspired Robot

Aug 26, 2017 @ 16:26 | New research from a team of MechSE professors and students, published as an invited paper in Smart Materials and Structures, details how origami structures and bio-inspired design can be used to create a crawling robot. Assistant professors Aimy Wissa and Sameh Tawfick, along with graduate student Alexander Pagano and […]

Custom Robots In A Matter Of Minutes

Custom Robots In A Matter Of Minutes

By Adam Conner-Simons | Rachel Gordon |  Aug 23, 2017 @ 17:46 | CSAIL / MIT News | CSAIL’s “Interactive Robogami” lets you design and 3-D print origami-inspired custom robots from 2-D designs. Even as robots become increasingly common, they remain incredibly difficult to make. From designing and modeling to fabricating and testing, the process is […]

Some Soft Robots can ‘Heal’ Themselves

Some Soft Robots can ‘Heal’ Themselves

Aug 18, 2017 @ 21:41 | Cutting your hand, tearing a muscle, or even breaking a bone – these are all injuries that heal over time. Researchers at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel have also endowed robots with this self-healing property, as illustrated in their study “Self-healing soft pneumatic robots”, published in Science Robotics. Research into […]

Smarter Robot Vacuum Cleaners for Automated Office Cleaning

Smarter Robot Vacuum Cleaners for Automated Office Cleaning

Aug 16, 2017 @ 08:22 | Intelligent IoT cleaning concept for smart offices Can you really use Outlook to make sure your office floor gets vacuumed? Absolutely! Fraunhofer IAO is currently developing an intelligent cleaning concept for smart offices. A robot vacuum cleaner automatically takes care of upcoming cleaning jobs that have been scheduled in […]

A Wheeled VineRobot to Monitor Grape Growth

A Wheeled VineRobot to Monitor Grape Growth

Aug 10, 2017 @ 18:15 | Just like great wine needs time, great grapes require continuous attention and reliable assessment tools. Noting the absence of a convincing alternative to manual sampling and analysis, an EU-funded consortium has developed VineRobot, an ‘Unmanned ground vehicle’ (UGV) equipped with non-invasive sensor technology. Today, assessing the readiness of vine […]

New Simulation Method for Soft Robots

New Simulation Method for Soft Robots

Jul 27, 2017 @ 19:01 | MIT |  In recent years engineers have been developing new Simulation Method enable easier, faster design of elastic materials for robots and other dynamic objects. New technologies to enable robots and humans to move faster and jump higher. Soft, elastic materials store energy in these devices, which, if released carefully, enable […]

Robot-driven Device Improves Crouch Gait in Children with Cerebral Palsy

Robot-driven Device Improves Crouch Gait in Children with Cerebral Palsy

Jul 27, 2017 @ 07:28 | Columbia Engineers use a robotic driven Device training method that improved posture and walking in children with CP by enhancing muscle strength and coordination. In the U.S., 3.6 out of 1000 school-aged children are diagnosed with cerebral palsy (CP). Their symptoms include abnormal gait patterns which results in joint […]

Designing Soft Robots: Ethics-Based Guidelines for Human-Robot Interactions

Designing Soft Robots: Ethics-Based Guidelines for Human-Robot Interactions

Jul 25, 2017 @ 18:36 | Soft-bodied robots offer the possibility for social engagement, and novel tactile human-robot interactions that require careful consideration of the potential for misplaced emotional attachments and personally and socially destructive behavior by users. The ethical challenges related to human-robot interactions and how these should contribute to soft robotics design in […]