Soft robotics

UCLA Bioengineering Leads Development of Stingray-Inspired Soft Biobot

UCLA Bioengineering Leads Development of Stingray-Inspired Soft Biobot

 | Jan 16, 2018 @ 06:53 | UCLA bioengineering professor Ali Khademhosseini has led the development of a tissue-based soft robot that mimics the biomechanics of a stingray. The new technology could lead to advances in bio-inspired robotics, regenerative medicine and medical diagnostics. The simple body design of stingrays, specifically, a flattened body shape and side fins […]

New Technique Eases Production, Customization of Soft Robotics

New Technique Eases Production, Customization of Soft Robotics

 |Jan 11, 2018 @ 18:58 | By helping rubber and plastic stick together under pressure, University of Nebraska-Lincoln chemists have simplified the production of small fluid-carrying channels that can drive movement in soft robotics and enable chemical analyses on microscopic scales. The technique, which creates a stronger chemical bond between silicone and an unprecedented array […]

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 […]

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, […]

Robotic Suit Promotes Normal Walking in Stroke Patients

Robotic Suit Promotes Normal Walking in Stroke Patients

By Benjamin Boettner | Jul 28, 2017 @ 13:39 | A soft wearable robotic suit promotes normal walking in stroke patients, opening new approaches to gait re-training and rehabilitation. Upright walking on two legs is a defining trait in humans, enabling them to move very efficiently throughout their environment. This can all change in the blink […]

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 […]

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 […]