Peacock spider inspires small, soft, fluid-powered robots

The classic image of a robot is rigid and metallic, but if they're ever going to work alongside humans in the real world, they're going to need a softer touch. Harvard researchers have developed a new method for producing small-scale squishy robots, and demonstrated it by creating a flexible robotic peacock spider, driven by a microfluidics system... Continue Reading Peacock spider inspires small, soft, fluid-powered robots Category: Robotics Tags: Harvard Microfluidic Robotic Robotics Soft Robotics Spiders Wyss Institute

Peacock spider inspires small, soft, fluid-powered robots

The classic image of a robot is rigid and metallic, but if they're ever going to work alongside humans in the real world, they're going to need a softer touch. Harvard researchers have ...

Tue 7 Aug 18 from Gizmag

Chip labour: Robots replace waiters in China restaurant

The little robotic waiter wheels up to the table, raises its glass lid to reveal a steaming plate of local Shanghai-style crayfish and announces in low, mechanical tones, "Enjoy your meal."

Sun 5 Aug 18 from Phys.org

Prepare for Popcorn Robotics

Fri 3 Aug 18 from Discover Magazine

Popcorn used to power cheap soft robots

Back in 2010, researchers from Cornell University helped develop a robotic gripper that was stuffed with coffee grounds. Now, a Cornell team has done the next logical thing, and built ...

Fri 3 Aug 18 from Gizmag

A kernel of promise in popcorn-powered robots

Cornell researchers have discovered how to power simple robots with a novel substance that, when heated, can expand more than 10 times in size, change its viscosity by a factor of 10 and transition ...

Thu 2 Aug 18 from Phys.org

OpenAI Robotic Hand Learns How to Work Without Human Examples

A company called OpenAI says it has developed a robot hand that grips objects in a more human-like way, and it didn't have to be taught by humans -- it learned all on its own. The post OpenAI ...

Wed 1 Aug 18 from Extremetech

Popcorn-powered robots could snack on variety of applications

The explosive increase in volume of popping maize kernels has promise for lightweight, versatile popcorn-powered mechanical actuators The properties of materials as a power source is not a new ...

Fri 3 Aug 18 from The Engineer

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