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Combating climate change with a soft robotics fish

We have fabricated a 3D printed, cable-actuated wave spring tail made from soft materials that can drive a small robot fish.
17 November 2022, by

Big step towards tiny autonomous drones

A new study in Nature magazine describes how flying insects and drones know the difference between up and down.
28 October 2022, by

Tiny particles work together to do big things

Simple microparticles can beat rhythmically together, generating an oscillating electrical current that could be used to power microrobotic devices.
16 October 2022, by

Robot helps reveal how ants pass on knowledge

Scientists have developed a small robot to understand how ants teach one another.
24 August 2022, by
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Underwater Human-Robot Interaction #ICRA2022, with Michael Fulton

Michael Fulton describes his unique robot-to-human communication system using exaggerated body language.
22 July 2022, by

Bees’ ‘waggle dance’ may revolutionize how robots talk to each other in disaster zones

A recent study presents a simple technique whereby robots view and interpret each other’s movements or a gesture from a human to communicate a geographical location.
18 July 2022, by



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Robotic lightning bugs take flight

Inspired by fireflies, researchers create insect-scale robots that can emit light when they fly, which enables motion tracking and communication.
07 July 2022, by

BirdBot is energy-efficient thanks to nature as a model

A team of scientists at the Max Planck Institute for Intelligent Systems and the University of California, Irvine constructed a robot leg that, like its natural model, is very energy efficient. BirdBot benefits from a foot-leg coupling through a network of muscles and tendons that extends across multiple joints. In this way, BirdBot needs fewer motors than previous legged robots and could, theoretically, scale to large size.

Bristol scientists develop insect-sized flying robots with flapping wings

A new drive system for flapping wing autonomous robots has been developed by a University of Bristol team, using a new method of electromechanical zipping that does away with the need for conventional motors and gears.
03 February 2022, by

Radhika Nagpal at #NeurIPS2021: the collective intelligence of army ants

Radhika’s research focusses on collective intelligence, with the overarching goal being to understand how large groups of individuals, with local interaction rules, can cooperate to achieve globally complex behaviour.
01 February 2022, by

Team builds first living robots that can reproduce

AI-designed Xenobots reveal entirely new form of biological self-replication—promising for regenerative medicine.
02 December 2021, by

One giant leap for the mini cheetah

A new control system, demonstrated using MIT’s robotic mini cheetah, enables four-legged robots to jump across uneven terrain in real-time.
23 October 2021, by

To swim like a tuna, robotic fish need to change how stiff their tails are in real time

Researchers have been building robotic fish for years, but the performance has never approached the efficiency of real fish. Daniel Quinn, CC BY-NC By Daniel Quinn Underwater vehicles haven’t ...
05 October 2021, by

Fish fins are teaching us the secret to flexible robots and new shape-changing materials

By Francois Barthelat Flying fish use their fins both to swim and glide through the air. Smithsonian Institution/Flickr The big idea Segmented hinges in the long, thin bones of fish fins are...
20 August 2021, by

Swimming robot gives fresh insight into locomotion and neuroscience

Scientists at the Biorobotics Laboratory (BioRob) in EPFL’s School of Engineering are developing innovative robots in order to study locomotion in animals and, ultimately, gain a better understandin...
12 August 2021, by

We used peanuts and a climbing wall to learn how squirrels judge their leaps so successfully – and how their skills could inspire more nimble robots

How do they stick their landings? Alex Turton via Getty ImagesTree squirrels are the Olympic divers of the rodent world, leaping gracefully among branches and structures high above the ground. And as ...

A robotic cat can teach us how real animals move

By Mischa Dijkstra, Frontiers science writer / Toyoaki Tanikawa, Department of Mechanical Engineering, Osaka University In the young discipline of robotics-inspired biology, robots replace experime...
03 August 2021, by

Sniffy Bug: a fully autonomous swarm of gas-seeking nano quadcopters in cluttered environments

Tiny drones are ideal candidates for fully autonomous jobs that are too dangerous or time-consuming for humans. A commonly shared dream by engineers and fire & rescue services, would be to have swarms...
15 July 2021, by and

Helping drone swarms avoid obstacles without hitting each other

By Clara Marc There is strength in numbers. That’s true not only for humans, but for drones too. By flying in a swarm, they can cover larger areas and collect a wider range of data, since each dr...
20 May 2021, by

Robot stomachs: powering machines with garbage and pee

The Seinfeld idiom, “worlds are colliding,” is probably the best description of work in the age of Corona. Pre-pandemic, it was easy to departmentalize one’s professional life from o...
14 May 2021, by

Fish-inspired soft robot survives a trip to the deepest part of the ocean

The deepest regions of the oceans still remain one of the least explored areas on Earth, despite their considerable scientific interest and the richness of lifeforms inhabiting them. Two reasons f...
05 May 2021, by

Researchers introduce a new generation of tiny, agile drones

By Daniel Ackerman If you’ve ever swatted a mosquito away from your face, only to have it return again (and again and again), you know that insects can be remarkably acrobatic and resilient in fl...
02 March 2021, by

Soft robots for ocean exploration and offshore operations: A perspective

Most of the ocean is unknown. Yet we know that the most challenging environments on the planet reside in it. Understanding the ocean in its totality is a key component for the sustainable development ...
06 February 2021, by

Robotic swarm swims like a school of fish

By Leah Burrows / SEAS Communications Schools of fish exhibit complex, synchronized behaviors that help them find food, migrate, and evade predators. No one fish or sub-group of fish coordinates th...
01 February 2021, by

IEEE RAS Soft Robotics Podcast with Ali Khademhosseini: Biomaterials, soft robotics and the Terasaki Institute

Interesting discussion with Prof. Ali Khademhosseini, CEO of the Terasaki Institute, and one of the pioneers of the Bioengineering field. Prof. Ali’s journey from Harvard and UCLA to the Terasaki In...
26 January 2021, by

Self-supervised learning of visual appearance solves fundamental problems of optical flow

Flying insects as inspiration to AI for small drones How do honeybees land on flowers or avoid obstacles? One would expect such questions to be mostly of interest to biologists. However, the rise o...
19 January 2021, by

IEEE RAS Soft Robotics Podcast with Hod Lipson: Can we design self-aware robots?

Interesting discussion with Hod Lipson, head of Creative Machines Lab, Columbia University in New York. Can robots be self-aware? Can they design other robots and self-repair? Why should we evolve rob...
13 January 2021, by
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The Advantage of Fins, with Benjamin Pietro Filardo

Robohub Podcast · The Advantage of Fins Abate interviews Benjamin "Pietro" Filardo, CEO and founder of Pliant Energy Systems. At PES, they developed a novel form of actuation using two undulating ...
16 December 2020, by

A raptor-inspired drone with morphing wing and tail

By Nicola Nosengo NCCR Robotics researchers at EPFL have developed a drone with a feathered wing and tail that give it unprecedented flight agility....
31 October 2020, by

Lily the barn owl reveals how birds fly in gusty winds

Scientists from the University of Bristol and the Royal Veterinary College have discovered how birds are able to fly in gusty conditions – findings that could inform the development of bio-inspired ...
26 October 2020, by







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