Artificial eye: Researchers combine metalens with an artificial muscle

Researchers at the Harvard John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS) have developed an adaptive metalens, that is essentially a flat, electronically controlled artificial eye. Artificial eye automatically stretches to simultaneously focus and correct astigmatism and image shift. The research is published in Science Advances. To build the artificial eye, the researchers … Continue reading “Artificial eye: Researchers combine metalens with an artificial muscle”

Stanford researchers develop stretchable, touch-sensitive electronics

Stanford researchers have set the stage for an evolution in electronics by taking the concept of ‘artificial skin’ to the next level, demonstrating not only a stretchable circuitry that can feel the touch of a ladybug, but a manufacturing process to mass produce this circuitry “Research into synthetic skin and flexible electronics has come a … Continue reading “Stanford researchers develop stretchable, touch-sensitive electronics”

Snake-inspired robot uses kirigami to move

A team of researchers from the Harvard John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS) has developed a soft robot that uses those same principles of locomotion to crawl without any rigid components. The soft robotic scales are made using kirigami – an ancient Japanese paper craft that relies on cuts, rather than … Continue reading “Snake-inspired robot uses kirigami to move”

Augmented Reality takes 3-D printing to next level

Cornell researchers are taking 3-D printing and 3-D modeling to a new level by using augmented reality (AR) to allow designers to design in physical space while a robotic arm rapidly prints the work. To use the Robotic Modeling Assistant (RoMA), a designer wears an AR headset with hand controllers. As soon as a design … Continue reading “Augmented Reality takes 3-D printing to next level”

Robo-picker grasps and packs

A team of engineers from MIT and Princeton University has developed a robotic system that can successfully localize and pick up any item, amid clutter, and move it to another location. This technology earned them a first place spot at the 2017 Amazon Robotics Challenge. The team’s “pick-and-place” system consists of a standard industrial robotic … Continue reading “Robo-picker grasps and packs”