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From drinking straws to robots

By Peter Reuell, Harvard Staff Writer At the beginning of the decade, George Whitesides helped rewrite the rules of what a machine could be with the development of biologically inspired “soft rob...
16 June 2017, by

Finding the right morphology to simplify control for soft robotics

The way animals move has yet to be matched by robotic systems. This is because biological systems exploit compliant mechanisms in ways their robotic cousins do not. However, recent advances in soft ro...
23 May 2017, by

Meet the labs of NCCR Robotics: Paik Lab

Meet the NCCR Robotics Paik Lab (RRL, EPFL) - headed by Professor Jamie Paik, the lab is dedicated to creating interactive robotic systems using cutting edge manufacturing techniques. The lab speciali...
15 May 2017, by

Smart grasping demonstrated at Automate and ProMat trade shows

Tactile sensing and force feedback are - and have been - problem areas for robot grasping. Humans could see, select and pick so much faster. Yet to handle the millions of different everyday items in o...
18 April 2017, by

42 companies empowering robots and humans to work side-by-side

There is growing demand for more flexibility in factories and shops. Collaborative robotics, a sub-set of service robotics in labs, manufacturing and material handling, is where the action is today...
31 March 2017, by

Worm-inspired material strengthens, changes shape in response to its environment

A new material that naturally adapts to changing environments was inspired by the strength, stability, and mechanical performance of the jaw of a marine worm. The protein material, which was designed ...
21 March 2017, by



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Yves Behar designs a security robot for Cobalt Robotics

Cobalt Robotics has launched their stylish security robot. The robot was designed by Yves Behar and as a fabric covered robot, it’s putting a new spin on soft robotics! Behar’s goal was to creat...
02 March 2017, by and

Transparent, gel-based robots can catch and release live fish

Engineers at MIT have fabricated transparent, gel-based robots that move when water is pumped in and out of them. The bots can perform a number of fast, forceful tasks, including kicking a ball underw...
02 February 2017, by

Soft exosuit economies: Understanding the costs of lightening the load

Last year, Harvard’s soft exosuit team provided first proof-of-concept results showing that its wearable robot could lower energy expenditure in healthy people walking with a load on their back. Mad...
30 January 2017, by

Students develop cheap 3D printing technique for soft robotics

By Jurjen Slump. Students of Delft University of Technology have developed a new add-on for a 3D printer that can cast silicones inside a 3D printed shell during the printing process. This new, and...
09 November 2016, by

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

Are skintight suits the future of robotic exoskeletons?

Children with a rare neurological disease were recently given the chance to walk for the first time thanks to a new robotic exoskeleton. These devices – which are essentially robotic suits that give...
13 July 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...

3-D printing hydraulically-powered robots, no assembly required

By Adam Conner-Simons | CSAIL One reason we don’t yet have robot personal assistants buzzing around doing our chores is because making them is hard. Assembling robots by hand is time-consuming, ...
06 April 2016, by

Soft spot for soft robots? Register for the 2016 Soft Robotics Competition

By Adam Zewe | SEAS If you have a soft spot for robotics, this competition is right up your alley. With separate tracks for academic researchers, college students, and high school students, the...
11 January 2016, by

Bioinspired robotics #2: Materials, manufacturing & design, with Robert Wood

In the Disruptive Podcast series, Terrence McNally speaks directly with Wyss Institute researchers, exploring what motivates them and how they envision our future as might be impacted by their disrup...
09 November 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

A startup perspective on exhibiting at CES

Exhibiting at big events takes both time and money. [tweetquote]Is it worth it for a robotics startup to invest in big expos like CES?[/tweetquote] We asked Bill Culley of Empire Robotics - the comp...
12 January 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

Self-contained soft-bodied robotic fish

What looks like a fish, swims like a fish but isn’t a fish? The latest in soft-bodied robots created by team of engineers of the Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL) at th...
19 March 2014, by and

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

ShanghAI Lectures 2012: Lecture 5 “Design principles for intelligent systems (part 2)”

This is the second part of the “Design Principles for Intelligent Systems” ShanghAI Lecture. After Rolf Pfeifer’s class, Barry Trimmer (Tufts University, USA) gives a guest presentation about so...
24 March 2013, by







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