Soft robotics

Harvard Researchers give Soft Robotic Grippers for Deep Sea Exploration

Harvard Researchers give Soft Robotic Grippers for Deep Sea Exploration

21 January 2016 | Harvard | Soft robotic grippers improve ability to collect delicate underwater specimens During a 2014 talk on his exploration of deep sea coral reefs, Baruch College, City University of New York (CUNY) marine biologist David Gruber showed a video of clunky robotic hands collecting fragile specimens of coral and sponges from […]

Soft Robotic Gripper to Identify and Pick up Objects

Soft Robotic Gripper to Identify and Pick up Objects

04 October 2015 |  Team’s silicone rubber gripper can pick up egg, CD & paper, and identify objects by touch alone Robots have many strong suits, but delicacy traditionally hasn’t been one of them. Rigid limbs and digits make it difficult for them to grasp, hold, and manipulate a range of everyday objects without dropping […]

New Frontiers in 3D Printing for Soft Robots and Flexible Materials

New Frontiers in 3D Printing for Soft Robots and Flexible Materials

22 September 2015 |  Novel active mixing and switching printheads enable 3D printing of complex fluids and gels Three dimensional printing is revolutionizing the production of new devices and structures, including soft robots, flexible electronics and engineered tissue replacements, but advances have been challenged by the inherent complexity of integrating multiple materials. Now, breaching the […]

Soft Robots to Solve Hard Problems

Soft Robots to Solve Hard Problems

Seeking to explore potential applications for soft, deformable robots – a largely unexplored area of robotics engineering – a Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) professor has secured nearly $600,000 in federal funding for two separate projects that could point toward practical uses in medicine, manufacturing, and disaster response. Dmitry Berenson, assistant professor of computer science, has […]

Instantaneous motion for new soft robots

Instantaneous motion for new soft robots

28 August ,2015 | Soft machines and robots are becoming more and more functional, capable of moving, jumping, gripping an object, and even changing color. The elements responsible for their actuation motion are often soft, inflatable segments called fluidic actuators. These actuators require large amounts of air or water to change shape, making the machines […]

Octopus is the Next Target for Roboticist due to it’s Strange Intelligence

Octopus is the Next Target for Roboticist due to it’s Strange Intelligence

15 August 2015  After Snake, Dog, Cheetah, Sea horse and cockroach now it’s time for Octopus. Bio inspired Researchers are now looking towards Octopus due to its Intelligence for next generation robots. Octopus is already in the center of interest in roboticists due to its flexible and sucking arms. May be you have seen the famous spider-man movie character with […]

Harvard Researchers Created First Autonomous Jumping Soft  Robot

Harvard Researchers Created First Autonomous Jumping Soft Robot

Traditional rigid robots are fast, precise and powerful. But these robots are non-adaptable and dangerous to humans who get too close. Soft robots are adaptable and resilience. But Soft robots are slow, difficult to fabricate and challenging to make autonomous because robot components like motors, sensors and microcontrollers are rigid. But what if you could […]

Micro-Robotic Tentacles can pick up Ant without Crushing it

Micro-Robotic Tentacles can pick up Ant without Crushing it

There has been an increasing interest in the use of soft and deformable structures in the robotic systems. Soft and deformable structures are crucial in the systems that deal with uncertain and dynamic task-environments, e.g. grasping and manipulation of unknown objects, locomotion in rough terrains, and physical contacts with living cells and human bodies.  In […]