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Mimicking biological movements with soft robots

Designing a soft robot to move organically - to bend like a finger or twist like a wrist - has always been a process of trial and error. Now, researchers have developed a method to automatically design soft actuators based on the desired movement.

Dec 20th, 2016

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Robots to the rescue

The 2015 earthquake in Nepal is just one example of a recent natural disaster that required search and rescue operations. A European security research project has developed new robotic tools for such operations with great success. Some of its developments are already commercially available and ready to be deployed in order to save lives.

Nov 25th, 2016

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First steps towards the touch robot

Using a relatively simple system - a mannequin's arm with pressure sensors, connected to a computer - researchers have succeeded in getting it to recognize sixty percent of all touches.

Oct 24th, 2016

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