Engineers are using soft robotics technology to make light, flexible gloves that allow users to feel tactile feedback when they interact with virtual reality environments. The researchers used the gloves to realistically simulate the tactile feeling of playing a virtual piano keyboard.
Engineers have developed the first soft robot that is capable of walking on rough surfaces, such as sand and pebbles. The 3D-printed, four-legged robot can climb over obstacles and walk on different terrains.
A lecture series dealt with what life will be like when robots and artificial intelligences become common. We may be allowing machines to make life and death decisions, so it makes sense to think about what values we program into them.
An artificial intelligence image detection method has the potential to outperform PAP and HPV tests in screening for cervical cancer; Low-cost technique could be used in less-developed countries, where 80 percent of cervical cancer deaths occur.
A team of engineering researchers has made a fundamental advance in controlling so-called soft robots, using magnetic fields to remotely manipulate microparticle chains embedded in soft robotic devices.
Engineers have designed a microfluidic device they call a 'tree-on-a-chip', which mimics the pumping mechanism of trees and plants. Like its natural counterparts, the chip operates passively, requiring no moving parts or external pumps. It is able to pump water and sugars through the chip at a steady flow rate for several days.