The first autonomous, entirely soft robot
A team of researchers with expertise in 3D printing, mechanical engineering, and microfluidics has demonstrated the first chemically powered, autonomous, untethered, entirely soft robot.
A battery inspired by vitamins
Researchers have identified a whole new class of high-performing organic molecules, inspired by vitamin B2, that can safely store electricity from intermittent energy sources.
Smart sensors can be sutured into tissue
For the first time, researchers have integrated nano-scale sensors, electronics and microfluidics into threads - ranging from simple cotton to sophisticated synthetics - that can be sutured through multiple layers of tissue to gather diagnostic data wirelessly in real time.
Soft Robotics Inc
We recently caught up with the CEO of Carl Vause, a Boston-based start-up commercialising a novel robotic gripper that is based on the principles of soft robotics.
Tough new hydrogel hybrid doesn't dry out
Engineers have found a way to prevent hydrogels from dehydrating, with a technique that could lead to longer-lasting contact lenses, stretchy microfluidic devices, flexible bioelectronics, and even artificial skin.
Scientists design energy-carrying 'Topological Plexcitons'
Scientists have engineered "topological plexcitons," energy-carrying particles that could help make possible the design of new kinds of solar cells and miniaturized optical circuitry.
Bionic leaf turns sunlight into liquid fuel
The days of drilling into the ground in the search for fuel may be numbered, because if Daniel Nocera has his way, it'll just be a matter of looking for sunny skies.
A thinner, flatter lens for wearables
Researchers have demonstrated the first flat — or planar — lens that works highly efficiently within the visible spectrum of light, covering the whole range of colors from red to blue.
Using static electricity, RoboBees can land and stick to surfaces
Roboticists demonstrate that their flying microrobots, nicknamed the RoboBees, can now perch during flight to save energy - like bats, birds or butterflies.
Printing metal in midair
The increasing demand for flexible, wearable electronics, sensors, antennas, and biomedical devices has led a research team to innovate an eye-popping way of printing complex metallic architectures as though seemingly suspended in midair.
Wearable exosuits for patients with limited mobility
The soft exosuit — which is a soft wearable robot that is the first of its kind — was developed through extensive prototyping that included the involvement of roboticists, mechanical and biomechanical engineers, apparel designers, and software engineers.
A better hologram for fraud protection and wearable optics
Researchers have programmed polarization into compact holograms, this has significant potential for wearable optics applications.
New material temporarily tightens skin
Scientists have developed a new material that can temporarily protect and tighten skin, and smooth wrinkles. With further development, it could also be used to deliver drugs to help treat skin conditions such as eczema and other types of dermatitis.
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Water filters of the future may be made from billions of tiny, graphene-based nanoscrolls. Each scroll, made by rolling up a single, atom-thick layer of graphene, could be tailored to trap specific molecules and pollutants in its tightly wound folds.
3-D printed robots made of both solids and liquids
Researchers present the first-ever technique for 3-D printing robots that involves printing solid and liquid materials at the same time. The new method allows the team to automatically 3-D print dynamic robots in a single step, with no assembly required, using a commercially-available 3-D printer.
3D material with controllable shape and size
Imagine a house that could fit in a backpack or a wall that could become a window with the flick of a switch.
Tunable windows for privacy, camouflage
Researchers have developed a technique that can quickly change the opacity of a window, turning it cloudy, clear or somewhere in between with the flick of a switch.
Physicists control electrons at femtosecond timescales
When you shine a light on a conducting surface like silicon or graphene, that light jump-starts certain electrons into high-energy states and kicks off a cascade of interactions that happens faster than the blink of an eye.
3D printing a brain to understand its folds
Now, by 3D-printing a fake gel brain and watching it grow scientists have discovered how the human brain develops its folds.