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January 14, 2019 | Source: FESTO, festo.com,
BionicFinWave's Undulating Fin Propulsion May Give Underwater Drones More Precise Control
Underwater robot with unique undulating fin drive. The marine planarian, cuttlefish and Nile perch have one thing in common: in order to propel themselves, they use their fins to...
October 22, 2018 | Source: California Institute of Technology, caltech.edu, 15 May 2018, Robert Perkins
No Motor, No Battery, No Problem
New robot concept uses responsive materials to swim through water. Engineers at Caltech and ETH Zurich have developed robots capable of self-propulsion without using any motors,...
October 8, 2018 | Source: U.S. Army, arl.army.mil, 15 Mar 2018, ARL Public Affairs
Scientists Mimic Neural Tissue in Army-Funded Research
"Enabling a breakthrough in robotic augmentation of high-tempo military maneuver and operations requires disrupting the notion of an intelligent system as a rigid multi-body...
October 8, 2018 | Source: Harvard Paulson School, seas.harvard.edu, 28 Feb 2018, Leah Burrows
Novel 3d Printing Method Embeds Sensing Capabilities Within Robotic Actuators
Researchers at Harvard University have built soft robots inspired by nature that can crawl, swim, grasp delicate objects and even assist a beating heart, but none of these devices...
July 28, 2018 | Source: WYSS Institute at Harvard University, wyss.harvard.edu, 18 July 2018, Lindsay Brownell
Harvard Folding Polyhedron Robotic Arm Sampler For Non-Destructive Capture
Folding polyhedron sampler enables easy capture and release of delicate underwater organisms. The origami mechanism design could be scaled to just about any size, allowing it to...
June 7, 2018 | Source: Harvard Paulson School, seas.harvard.edu, 21 Feb 2018, Leah Burrows
Snake-Inspired Robot Uses Kirigami to Move
Who needs legs? With their sleek bodies, snakes can slither up to 14 miles-per-hour, squeeze into tight space, scale trees and swim. How do they do it? It’s all in the scales. As...
June 4, 2018 | Source: Rutgers Today, news.rutgers.edu, 30 Jan 2018, Todd B. Bates
Rutgers Engineers 3D Print Shape-Shifting Smart Gel
3D printing becomes 4D as objects morph over time and temperatures change. Rutgers engineers have invented a “4D printing” method for a smart gel that could lead to the...
December 18, 2017 | Source: ArmyTimes, armytimes.com, 13 Nov 2017, Charlsy Panzino
Army, Cornell Researchers Study Octopus Skin to Use in Camouflage
Researchers are studying texture-changing octopus skin to see if the military can use its camouflaging properties. “This research stems from a challenge I posed to professors at...
Survivability and Vulnerability
November 6, 2017 | Source: Johns Hopkins University, releases.jhu.edu, 15 Sept 2017, Phil Sneiderman
DNA Triggers Shape-Shifting in Hydrogels, Opening a New Way to Make ‘Soft Robots’
Biochemical engineers at Johns Hopkins University have used sequences of DNA molecules to induce shape-changing in water-based gels, demonstrating a new tactic to produce soft...
February 27, 2017 | Source: AAAS Science Magazine, Ali Maziz, et al
Knitting and Weaving Artificial Muscles
A need exists for artificial muscles that are silent, soft, and compliant, with performance characteristics similar to those of skeletal muscle, enabling natural interaction of...