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Researchers have made a significant leap forward in developing insect-sized jumping robots capable of performing tasks in the small spaces often found in mechanical, agricultural and search-and-rescue settings.

Click beetle-inspired robots jump using elastic energy

The hybrid “eBiobots” are the first to combine soft materials, living muscle and microelectronics, said researchers at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, Northwestern University and collaborating institutions. They described their centimeter-scale biological machines in the journal Science Robotics.

Microelectronics give researchers a remote control for biological robots

Until now, microscopic robotic systems have had to make do without arms. Now researchers at ETH Zurich have developed an ultrasonically actuated glass needle that can be attached to a robotic arm. This lets them pump and mix minuscule amounts of liquid and trap particles.

A precision arm for miniature robots

Combining biology and robotics, scientists at EPFL have built a robotic microsurgery platform that can perform high-precision, micrometer-resolution dissections to advance our understanding of how the vertebrate body forms during embryonic development.

A robotic microsurgeon reveals how embryos grow

A collaborative effort has installed electronic “brains” on solar-powered robots that are 100 to 250 micrometers in size – smaller than an ant’s head – so that they can walk autonomously without being externally controlled.

Brains on board: Smart microrobots walk autonomously

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The State of Robotics, August 2022

Specialists from ITMO University’s ChemBio Cluster developed a new minimally invasive method to treat venous thrombosis. Its key feature is the application of robots made from a soft magnetic composite material that can change its shape and extract clots without damaging the blood vessels.

Scientists Develop Elastic Robots to Treat Thrombosis

In this episode, we talk about an initiative from EPFL to allow those with spinal cord injuries to control robots for help with day-to-day tasks and MIT’s bug robots that are taking big strides for small scaled bio-robotics.

Podcast: Mind-Control and Bug-Like Robots

A new fabrication technique produces low-voltage, power-dense artificial muscles that improve the performance of flying microrobots.

Giving bug-like bots a boost

In this episode, we talk about how starfish larvae inspired robots can revolutionize drug delivery and drones with flacon-like legs for landing.

Podcast: Falcon Inspired Drones

In this episode, we talk about a breakthrough in biorobotics with self-reproducing xenobots and a leap in stable tissue engineering designs.

Podcast: Self-Replicating Robots

Micro-sized cameras have great potential to spot problems in the human body and enable sensing for super-small robots, but past approaches captured fuzzy, distorted images with limited fields of view.

Researchers shrink camera to the size of a salt grain

AI-designed Xenobots reveal entirely new form of biological self-replication—promising for regenerative medicine

Team builds first living robots - that can reproduce

A team of EPFL engineers has discovered a strategy to shape living tissues like dough.

Tissue engineering using mechanobiology and robotic micromanipulation

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