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This robot could sense hidden objects

In recent years, robots have gained artificial vision, touch, and even smell. "Researchers have been giving robots human-like perception," says MIT Associate Professor Fadel Adib. In...

This metal-eating robot could search for food, even without a brain

When it comes to powering mobile robots, batteries present a problematic paradox: The more energy they contain, the more they weigh, and thus the more...

These small swimming robots could heal themselves from damage

Small, swimming robots can magnetically heal themselves after breaking into two or three pieces. Living tissue can heal itself from many injuries, but giving similar...

Scientists create nanosized, foldable robots

Scientists created nanosized robots that could enable locomotion, novel metamaterial design and high-fidelity sensors. Cornell University researchers created micron-sized shape memory actuators that fold themselves...

Scientists create world’s smallest origami bird

If you want to build a fully functional nanosized robot, you need to incorporate a host of capabilities, from complicated electronic circuits and photovoltaics...

Scientists create unique silver-hydrogel composite for soft bioelectronics

In the field of robotics, metals offer advantages like strength, durability, and electrical conductivity. But, they are heavy and rigid—properties that are undesirable in soft...

This credit card-sized soft pumps could power wearable artificial muscles

Robotic clothing that is entirely soft and could help people to move more easily is a step closer to reality thanks to the development...

This soft robot doesn’t need any electronics

Engineers at the University of California San Diego have created a four-legged soft robot that doesn't need any electronics to work. The robot only needs...

Scientists find new way to make soft robots to sense human touch better

Soft robots may not be in touch with human feelings, but they are getting better at feeling human touch. Cornell University researchers have created a...

This four-legged robot could crawl, crouch, clean and fight COVID

There are so many things robots can do on wheels, but in narrower, shallower spaces—like between desks in a classroom or on a stairwell—wheels...