Soft robotics

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 […]

Stanford Researchers Develop a New Type of Soft, Growing Robot

Stanford Researchers Develop a New Type of Soft, Growing Robot

By Taylor Kubota | Jul 21, 2017 @ 08:41 | A newly developed vine-like growing robot can across long distances without moving its whole body. It could prove useful in search and rescue operations and medical applications. Imagine rescuers searching for people in the rubble of a collapsed building. Instead of digging through the debris by […]

Soft and Stretchy Silicone Fabric Sensors for Wearable Robots

Soft and Stretchy Silicone Fabric Sensors for Wearable Robots

By Lindsay Brownell | Jul 13, 2017 @ 18:17 | Hybrid silicone-fabric sensor detects fine motor movements by flexing with the body.  Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS) has created a highly sensitive soft capacitive sensor made of silicone and fabric that moves and flexes with the human body to unobtrusively and accurately detect […]

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 […]