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Root Robotics, an Educational Startup to Get Anyone Coding

Root Robotics, an Educational Startup to Get Anyone Coding

By Benjamin Boettner | Aug 9, 2017 @ 18:44 |  The new company will commercialize Root ⎯ an interactive robot that introduces coding to children and provides a path for continuous engagement to career-based coding languages. The Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering at Harvard University today announced that its educational robot, Root, will be commercialized […]

Smaller, Smarter, Softer Robotic Arm for Endoscopic Surgery

Smaller, Smarter, Softer Robotic Arm for Endoscopic Surgery

By Leah Burrows | Aug 2, 2017 @ 15:43 |   Bioinspired approach combines pop-up fabrication with soft robotics. Harvard University have developed a hybrid rigid-soft robotic arm for endoscopes with integrated sensing, flexibility, and multiple degrees of freedom. Flexible endoscopes can snake through narrow passages to treat difficult to reach areas of the body. However, […]

From Drinking Straws To Semi-Soft Robots

From Drinking Straws To Semi-Soft Robots

By Peter Reuell |  Jun 13, 2017 @ 19:03 | Harvard scientists have created a type of semi-soft Robot capable of walking, using simple materials such as drinking straws and inflatable tubing.  At the beginning of the decade, George Whitesides helped rewrite the rules of what a machine could be with the development of biologically inspired […]

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 […]

Meet OctoBot: The first Entirely Soft Robot

Meet OctoBot: The first Entirely Soft Robot

Sep 17, 2016 @ 11:21 | Inspired by Octopus, A team of Harvard University researchers have created the first entirely soft, autonomous robot, made by a combination of embedded 3D printing, modeling and soft lithography. A team of Harvard University researchers with expertise in 3D printing, mechanical engineering, and microfluidics has demonstrated the first autonomous, untethered, entirely soft […]

Artificial Muscle for Soft Robotics: Low Voltage, High Hopes

Artificial Muscle for Soft Robotics: Low Voltage, High Hopes

Jul 23, 2016 @ 18:25 | By Leah Burrows | Soft actuator could be ‘holy grail’ for soft robotics Soft robots do a lot of things well but they’re not exactly known for their speed. The artificial muscles that move soft robots, called actuators, tend to rely on hydraulics or pneumatics, which are slow to respond […]