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Researchers created a system that lets robots effectively use grasped tools with the correct amount of force.

Soft robots that grip with the right amount of force

Wenhuan Sun, Victoria Webster-Wood, and Adam Feinberg have created an open-source, commercially available fiber extruder to benefit future research with hydrogels and soft robotics.

Hydrogels pave way for future of soft robotics

Carnegie Mellon mechanical engineering researchers have developed a new scalable and reproducible manufacturing technique that could accelerate the mainstream adoption and commercialization of soft and stretchable electronics.

Scaling up the production of liquid metal circuits

Why a robot’s reach exceeds its grasp

Why Can't Robots Just Get a Grip?

Inflatable actuators use origami principles to deform in intricate ways

Complex motions for simple actuators

A multidisciplinary team of researchers combined liquid crystal elastomers (LCEs) with a thermoelectric device (TED) to develop a stretchable transducer capable of electrically controlled actuation, active cooling, and thermal-to-electrical energy conversion for soft robotics.

A cooler side to soft robotics

A collaboration between Cornell researchers and the U.S. Army Research Laboratory has leveraged hydrodynamic and magnetic forces to drive a rubbery, deformable pump that can provide soft robots with a circulatory system, in effect mimicking the biology of animals.

Deformable pump gives soft robots a heart

The heart of the new soft robot is a 'hysteretic valve', as the researchers call their invention in a publication in the journal Matter.

Sputtering ketchup bottle lets soft robots run smoothly

In this episode, we talk about how engineers inspired by some of biology’s most miniature wonders (like dandelions' seeds and microorganisms' cilia) are using their knowledge to make major breakthroughs in biosensing, robotics, biomedical engineering, and more.

Podcast: Size Matters: Tiny Biomimicry Leads to Big Breakthroughs

Researchers from North Carolina State University and the University of Pennsylvania have developed soft robots that are capable of navigating complex environments, such as mazes, without input from humans or computer software.

Twisted Soft Robots Navigate Mazes Without Human Or Computer Guidance

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

Building a tether less, biologically inspired robotic fish that takes dense three-dimensional temperature data throughout the ocean water column.

Biologically inspired robotic fish for dense 3D data collection

Simple microstructures that bend, twist and perform stroke-like motions could be used for soft robotics, medical devices and more

Self-propelled, endlessly programmable artificial cilia

Understanding the basics of functional safety.

Functional Safety Foundations

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