are inspired by animals which don't have hard internal skeletons, like squid, worms, and starfish. Developed at Harvard, with funding from DARPA, this
particular soft robot, "not only walks, it knows several different gaits and can deflate to stuff itself through tiny little gaps." Another design here
, and another
), and another
. In addition to movement, soft robotics can also be used for grip
. More information about the Harvard lab is available here
(with a student describing the research here
posted by codacorolla
on Nov 29, 2011 -
are not only capable of working more precisely than human hands, but they have no metal or electrical parts, so will work under MRI
machines on tumors that would otherwise be invisible. The NeuroArm will set you back $27 million, but may confer more karma than that trip to space.
posted by weapons-grade pandemonium
on Apr 17, 2007 -
- The United Arab Emirates is to mount robot jockeys on racing camels later this year after a ban on using children in the region's popular sport.
posted by Tlogmer
on Apr 11, 2005 -
is a traveling autonomous refrigerator robot ... a cross between R2D2 and a vending machine.
posted by lola
on Apr 21, 2004 -
Towards a robot-based economy.
Lots of interesting ideas here regarding what might happen and possible solutions to economic and social problems when robotics and automation become as cheap as computers did in the 90s.
posted by skallas
on Aug 31, 2003 -