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Artificial muscle for soft robotics: low voltage, high hopes

Researchers have developed a dielectric elastomer with a broad range of motion that requires relatively low voltage and no rigid components.This type of actuator could be used in everything from wearable devices to soft grippers, laparoscopic surgical tools, entirely soft robots or artificial muscles in more complex robotics.

Posted: Jul 21st, 2016

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Flight of the RoboBee

One of the more unexpected robotics applications in recent years comes from the RoboBees project, which aims to create autonomous robotic insects capable of sustained, independent flight.

Posted: Jun 7th, 2016

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Robots get creative to cut through clutter

Clutter is a special challenge for robots, but new software is helping robots cope, whether they're beating a path across the Moon or grabbing a milk jug from the back of the refrigerator.

Posted: May 18th, 2016

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Gentle strength for robots

A soft actuator using electrically controllable membranes could pave the way for machines that are no danger to humans.

Posted: May 13th, 2016

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