Soft robotics

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 […]

GelSight sensor Gives Robots a Sense of Touch

GelSight sensor Gives Robots a Sense of Touch

By Larry Hardesty | Jun 5, 2017 @ 06:22 | CSAIL |MIT News | A GelSight sensor attached to a robot’s gripper enables the robots gauge objects’ hardness and manipulate small tools. Eight years ago, Ted Adelson’s research group at MIT’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL) unveiled a new sensor technology, called GelSight, that uses […]

A Glove Powered By Soft Robotics To Interact With Virtual Reality Environments

A Glove Powered By Soft Robotics To Interact With Virtual Reality Environments

Jun 1, 2017 @ 06:49 |   By Ioana Patringenaru| Engineers at UC San Diego are using soft rob otics technology to make light, flexible gloves that allow users to feel tactile feedback when they interact with virtual reality environments. The researchers used the gloves to realistically simulate the tactile feeling of playing a virtual piano […]

Optical Flytrap Opens New Venues In The Development Of Soft Microbots

Optical Flytrap Opens New Venues In The Development Of Soft Microbots

May 24, 2017 @ 19:26 | Materials that can be moved with light are rapidly developing. TUT’s Smart Photonic Materials research group’s research on an optical gripper, resembling a Venus flytrap, was published in the Nature Communications journal. The research opens new venues in the development of soft microbots. The Venus flytrap is a carnivorous […]

A New Gecko Inspired Soft Robotic Gripping System

A New Gecko Inspired Soft Robotic Gripping System

May 18, 2017 @ 09:19 | Researchers at Carnegie Mellon University and Max Planck Institute for Intelligent Systems have developed a soft  robotic gripping system that uses differential air pressure and a gecko-inspired adhesive for exceptional bonding to three-dimensional objects. The findings were published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences this week. A soft […]