A international team of researchers said their discovery could enable devices such as pacemakers, breast implants, biosensors, and drug-delivery devices to last longer and function better.
6 River Systems, which makes the Chuck AMRs and Mobile Sort smart kiosks, and Soft Robotics, which makes compliant grippers and the SuperPick system, have integrated their offerings for mobile picking.
Researchers in Singapore and China have proposed a process flow to guide 3D printing of miniature soft pneumatic actuators. Robots with integrated prints could have applications in jet-engine maintenance and minimally invasive surgery.
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.
Researchers at the University of Bristol have demonstrated soft computers that could enable soft robotics to more effectively mimic biological behaviors.
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.
The majority of soft robots today rely on external power and control, keeping them tethered to off-board systems or rigged with hard components. Now, researchers from the Harvard John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS) and Caltech have developed soft robotic systems, inspired by origami, that can move and change shape in…
From soft polymers to the hardest steel, robotics designers should know their materials options that best suit the intended uses of their machines.
Soft robots have a distinct advantage over their rigid forebears: they can adapt to complex environments, handle fragile objects and interact safely with humans. Made from silicone, rubber or other stretchable polymers, they are ideal for use in rehabilitation exoskeletons and robotic clothing. Soft bio-inspired robots could one day be deployed to explore remote or…
OnRobot, which nakes grippers for cobots and industrial robots, is opening a new R&D office in LA. We spoke with the former CEO of Perception Robotics about OnRobot’s strategy.
Researchers from the University of Cambridge will use self-healing materials and machine learning to develop soft robotics as part of a new collaborative project. The goal of the €3 million Self-healing soft robot (SHERO) project, funded by the European Commission, is to create a next-generation robot made from self-healing materials (flexible plastics) that can detect…
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.
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.
A lot of people have lower limb mobility impairments, but there are few wearable technologies to enable them to walk normally while performing tasks of daily living. XoSoft, a European funded project, has brought together partners from all over Europe to develop a flexible, lightweight and resource-efficient soft exoskeleton prototype. Frail elderly, incomplete spinal cord…
New MIT system of contracting fibers could be a boon for biomedical devices and robotics.
Researchers at TU Delft have developed soft actuators that could help soft robots collaborate with humans.
Soft Robotics describes its new Mini Finger, which is designed to enable soft robot grippers to get into tighter spaces than ever before. It is part of the company’s modular mGrip system.
The piSOFTGRIP from Piab is vacuum-controlled, comes with a stainless-steel fitting, and is made of food-grade silicone.
A Canadian researcher has developed soft robotic fingers that use 3D printing to “tune” the rigidity of the fingers to make them both strong and sensitive.
Harvard graduate Hansjörg Wyss has given another major donation to support the Wyss Institute’s mission of developing and commercializing robotics and healthcare technologies.
ReWalk Robotics has won CE Mark clearance in the European Union for its ReStore soft exo-suit designed for use in stroke rehabilitation. The Marlborough, Mass.-based company touted the clearance as the first for a soft exo-suit in the region. The ReStore exo-suit features a soft, garment-like design and is intended to adaptively synchronize with a…