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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

Monthly robotics news blog. Discover the latest innovations, products, research, tutorials, and security news for robotics.

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

Researchers at ETH Zurich have developed a tiny robot that mimics the movement of a starfish larva. It is driven by sound waves and equipped with tiny hairs that direct the fluid around it, just like its natural model.

Finding inspiration in starfish larva

One thousand newly-minted microrobots created in EPFL labs will soon be deployed at two large-scale telescopes in Chile and the United States.

Army of robots pushes the limits of astrophysics

A microrobotic opto-electro-mechanical device able to steer a laser beam with high speed and a large range of motion could enhance the possibilities of minimally invasive surgeries

Wielding a laser beam deep inside the body

Researchers at ETH Zurich have developed a technique for manufacturing micrometre-​long machines by interlocking multiple materials in a complex way. Such microrobots will one day revolutionise the field of medicine.

Miniscule robots of metal and plastic

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