robohub focus on soft robotics

A variable stiffness fiber that self-heals

A group from Floreano Lab, EPFL and NCCR Robotics has today published their novel variable stiffness fibre with self-healing capability. Soft “hardware” components are becoming more and more po...
27 October 2016, by

Introducing the Octobot: The first autonomous, entirely soft robot

By: Leah Burrows A team of Harvard University researchers with expertise in 3D printing, mechanical engineering, and microfluidics has demonstrated the first autonomous, untethered, entirely soft r...
25 August 2016, by

Natural scale caterpillar soft robot is powered and controlled with light

Researchers at the Faculty of Physics at the University of Warsaw, using the liquid crystal elastomer technology, originally developed in the LENS Institute in Florence, demonstrated a bioinspired mic...
19 August 2016, by

Using soft robots for artificial muscles

Forget steel and aluminum. The robots of tomorrow may be able to squish, stretch and squeeze. [focus11] Novel robotic devices, part of the emerging field of soft robotics, offer many advances ov...

New electrical film that is both solid and liquid

As soft robotics increases in both scope and popularity, it is becoming more and more vital that each element of the electrical circuits contained within are also soft and elastic and able to continue...
29 February 2016, by

Soft robotic gripper can pick up and identify wide array of objects

By Adam Conner-Simons, MIT CSAIL 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 manipulat...
02 October 2015, by

Morphological computation: The hidden superpower of soft-bodied robots

Soft robots are versatile, often much safer, more energy-efficient, robust and resilient than their more rigid counterparts. But one of the biggest challenges facing soft robotics is control - often, ...
10 September 2015, by and

Soft robotics for adaptive building facades

By Arno Schlüter Today, building envelopes tend to be static and unable to adapt to changing conditions. Now, for the first time, an adaptable façade has been used for the newly inaugurated House o...
09 June 2015, by

Two new soft robotics competitions announced by Soft Robotics Toolkit

The Soft Robotics Toolkit recently announced two competitions for robotics research and design. In July 2015, two expert panels will award prizes to soft robotics projects submitted by students, resea...
06 May 2015, by

The real soft robots that inspired Baymax, with Chris Atkeson

Baymax, the lovable, inflatable robot star of Disney’s recent hit, Big Hero 6, is far from a movie fantasy. With their soft cushiony bodies, robots like Baymax have very real prospects as future car...
28 April 2015, by

Manufacturing next-generation robotic manipulation

Every April, National Robotics Week fuels a heightened awareness around robotics, its impact on society, and its growing importance in a wide variety of fields and applications. Robotics, however, nev...
27 April 2015, by and



Soft Robotics Toolkit, with Donal Holland

In this podcast, Ron Vanderkley speaks to Donal Holland of Harvard University about his team’s work on the Soft Robotics Toolkit....
17 April 2015, by

Sensory-motor tissues for soft robots

In this video, PhD student at LIS, EPFL and NCCR Robotics Jun Shintake explains his project "Sensory-Motor tissues for Soft Robots"....
18 February 2015, by

Robot Startup Series #7: Interview with Soft Robotics’ Carl Vause

[tweetquote]Soft robotics is finally leaving the research lab and entering the real world. [/tweetquote] One of the companies leading the way is a Boston-based startup that is commercializing the inn...
18 December 2014, by

New soft ‘antagonistic’ actuator enables robots to fold

Traditionally, many key robot components (including sensors and actuators) are rigid, and this makes it difficult for researchers and industry to make them truly compliant with their surroundings. It...
03 November 2014, by

ShanghAI Lectures: Fumiya Iida “Soft robotics approach toward artificial ontogenetic development”

Guest talk in the ShanghAI Lectures, 2011-11-17 Artificial ontogenetic development has been nicely demonstrated by many computer simulation studies in the past. There are, however, still a number o...
17 July 2014, by

ShanghAI Lectures 2013, Lecture 6 – Soft Robotics and Bioinspiration II

Lecture 6 - Soft Robotics and Bioinspiration II In this second lecture hosted by the Scuola Superiore S. Anna, Matteo Cianchetti builds on the previous lecture to talk about building soft actuato...
24 February 2014, by

ShanghAI Lectures 2013, Lecture 5 – Soft Robotics and Bioinspiration I

Lecture 5 - Soft Robotics and Bioinspiration I Hosted by Prof. Cecilia Laschi from the Scuola Superiore S. Anna in Pisa, Italy, this ShanghAI episode puts together contrasting approaches to ‘emb...
17 February 2014, by

Soft robotics in space

Space robotics is understandably conservative. When the cost of putting a robot on a planet, moon or asteroid runs into the billions we need to be sure the technology will work. And with very long pro...
14 December 2013, by

ETH summer school on soft robotics

ETH Zurich's summer school on Soft Robotics is over. But as of today, you can have a look at the lecture videos and lecture material online!  ...
17 August 2012, by

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