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Chameleon's tongue strike inspires fast-acting robots (w/videos)

Researchers were inspired by a chameleon's tongue to create soft robots able to quickly catch a live flying beetle. Fabricated robots capable of performing such large-amplitude motions at high speed like chameleons could mean many automated tasks could be completed more accurately and in a much faster way.

Oct 29th, 2019

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New haptic arm places robotics within easy reach

Imagine being able to build and use a robotic device without the need for expensive, specialist kit or skills. That is the vision that researchers from the University of Bristol have turned into reality, creating a lightweight, affordable and simple solution for everyday users.

Oct 20th, 2019

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These new soft actuators could make soft robots less bulky

Engineers have developed a way to build soft robots that are compact, portable and multifunctional. The advance was made possible by creating soft, tubular actuators whose movements are electrically controlled, which makes them easy to integrate with small electronic components.

Oct 11th, 2019

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Shape-shifting robot built from 'smarticles' shows new locomotion strategy

Building conventional robots typically requires carefully combining components like motors, batteries, actuators, body segments, legs and wheels. Now, researchers have taken a new approach, building a robot entirely from smaller robots known as 'smarticles' to unlock the principles of a potentially new locomotion technique.

Sep 19th, 2019

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