ISO and ASTM have defined an additive construction standard in what could be the first of joint efforts around robotics in that industry.
Nidec, the Japanese electric motor maker, announced that it acquired PAMA, an Italian machine tool manufacturer.
The ORP-30F cable is designed for use in the moving parts of industrial robots and machine tools.
Army-funded researchers discovered how to make materials capable of self-propulsion, allowing materials to move without motors or hands. Researchers at the University of Massachusetts Amherst discovered how to make materials that snap and reset themselves, only relying upon energy flow from their environment. This research could enable future military robots to move from their own energy. “This…
Northwestern University researchers have developed lifelike soft materials that could be used as microscopic delivery systems for production of fuels and drugs, environmental cleanup, or transformative medical procedures.
The U.S. Army and MIT are exploring how metamaterials can help form modular robotic building blocks for transforming robots that can be reconfigured into different shapes and functions.
Researchers from the Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering and Sony Corp. have developed an origami-inspired manipulator, the mini-RCM, which could make robotic surgery more portable.
A new smart fabric that can be inflated and deflated by temperature-dependent liquid-vapor phase changes could enable a new range of mechanotherapeutic and industrial applications.
University of Vermont scientists have reassembled frog cells into xenobots, a programmable organism or organic robot that can move.
ABB is introducing a new harsh environment version of its IRB 1100 robot and OmniCore controller, designed with enhanced protection against water and dust. The entire body of the new IRB 1100 has an IP67 rating, with all electrical components sealed against contaminants. This makes it resistant to water and provides the robot with protection…
Harvard University researchers have found a way to make soft actuators powerful enough to enable a RoboBee to fly and collide.
Robotic assembly of large structures, made possible with swarms of relatively simple robots and construction materials organized like building blocks, could change how aircraft and buildings are constructed, said MIT researchers.
Researchers at the University of Toronto have created a small robot that can crawl like an inchworm. Electrothermal actuators could one day transform industries from aviation to smart wearables.
Advances in the fields of soft robotics, wearable technologies, and human/machine interfaces require a new class of stretchable materials that can change shape adaptively while relying only on portable electronics for power. Researchers at Carnegie Mellon University have developed such a material that exhibits a unique combination of high electrical and thermal conductivity with actuation…
Researchers at North Carolina State University have developed a soft technology inspired by octopuses that can sense, compute, and respond without centralized processing.
Magnetically controlled robotic thread could deliver clot-reducing therapies in response to stroke or other brain blockages, said MIT researchers.
A new ultra-soft underwater gripper developed at Harvard’s Wyss Institute safely catches and releases jellyfish without damage.
A team at the Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology has developed an ultra-thin actuators for soft robotics, which they demonstrated in kinetic art.
From soft polymers to the hardest steel, robotics designers should know their materials options that best suit the intended uses of their machines.
A new insect-sized robot from UC Berkeley can scurry across the floor nearly as fast as a roach, and it’s also difficult to crush. It could be useful for search-and-rescue missions, say researchers.
Researchers at in Houston, Boulder, and Nanjing, China, have developed a soft nanomembrane that could help people with wearable devices operate them more smoothly.
North Carolina State University and Elon University researchers have found that light and magnets can be used to control a soft robot and even reconfigure it.