WPI Researchers Developing Autonomous Snake-like Robots to Support Search-and-Rescue Teams

A team of researchers at Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) has received a three-year, $400,000 award from the National Science Foundation to create autonomous snake-like robots that can navigate more naturally and easily through the rubble, confined spaces, and rough terrain left in the aftermath of a disaster and send images and information to search-and-rescue teams. … Continue reading “WPI Researchers Developing Autonomous Snake-like Robots to Support Search-and-Rescue Teams”

This soft robotic gripper can screw in your light bulbs for you

The engineering team, led by Michael T. Tolley, a roboticist at the Jacobs School of Engineering at UC San Diego, presented the gripper at the International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems (or IROS) Sept. 24 to 28 in Vancouver, Canada. This soft robotic gripper can change your light bulbs for you How many robots … Continue reading “This soft robotic gripper can screw in your light bulbs for you”

Case Western Reserve University researchers design soft, flexible origami-inspired robot

CLEVELAND–A Case Western Reserve University researcher has turned the origami she enjoyed as a child into a patent-pending soft robot that may one day be used on an assembly line, in surgery or even outer space. Kiju Lee, the Nord Distinguished Assistant Professor of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, and her lab have moved from paper … Continue reading “Case Western Reserve University researchers design soft, flexible origami-inspired robot”

“Superhero” robot wears different outfits for different tasks

Researchers from MIT’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL) are aiming to change that with a new shape-shifting robot that’s something of a superhero: It can transform itself with different “outfits” that allow it to perform different tasks. Dubbed “Primer,” the cube-shaped robot can be controlled via magnets to make it walk, roll, sail, … Continue reading ““Superhero” robot wears different outfits for different tasks”

Click beetles inspire design of self-righting robots

Robots perform many tasks that humans can’t or don’t want to perform, getting around on intricately designed wheels and limbs. If they tip over, however, they are rendered almost useless. A team of University of Illinois mechanical engineers and entomologists are looking to click beetles, who can right themselves without the use of their legs, … Continue reading “Click beetles inspire design of self-righting robots”