Automated knitting streamlines fabrication of assistive wearables

May 9th, 2022

MIT scientists have used autonomous knitting to create soft, wearable assistive robotics with integrated sensing. Photo: MIT, Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL).  Scientists from MIT’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL) have devised a scalable pipeline to computationally design and digitally fabricate soft pneumatic actuators. “PneuAct” has addressed an issue with soft robotics, […]

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Progress through collaboration

April 25th, 2022

Advanced Functional Fabrics of America (AFFOA) presented and exhibited at the Smart Fabrics Summit, showing AFFOA advanced functional fiber preforms and advanced fibers demonstrating semiconductor devices (LED chips) embedded into fibers. The Advanced Functional Fabrics of America (AFFOA) continues to be in the forefront of new developments in technologies for advanced textile systems. Michelle Farrington, […]

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Deployable inflatable robotics have multiple applications

November 8th, 2021

A soft, inflatable robotic hand is capable of grasping an item with accuracy without damaging it. Photo: Ryzing Technologies.  Robotics. Flexible robotics. Flexible, inflatable robotics. Deployable, inflatable robotic systems. At each step this method of addressing a range of challenges gets more complex, but the possibilities for its practical uses grow, as well. The fundamental […]

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Inflatable hand could give amputees real-time tactile control

September 27th, 2021

An MIT-developed inflatable robotic smart hand gives amputees real-time tactile control, is soft, elastic and costs a fraction of comparable prosthetics. Photo: MIT/the researchers.  Engineers at MIT and Shanghai Jiao Tong University have designed a soft, lightweight and potentially low-cost neuro-prosthetic hand that can give an amputee the ability to perform daily activities with dexterity. […]

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Robotics go underground

July 26th, 2021

Researchers at the University of California Santa Barbara have developed a fast, steerable, burrowing soft robot. Photo: Hawkes Lab/UCSB.  Plant growth and burrowing animals inspire breakthrough technology. by Janet Preus Soft robotics have received deserved attention lately, and ongoing research is demonstrating real progress in this science, particularly when used in exoskeletons. Mobile robots that can […]

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A “smart foam” could give machines a sense of touch

May 24th, 2021

As smart as robots and machines are becoming, the sense of touch and the ability to feel complexities in the machine’s surroundings is still reserved for humans. But a team of researchers at the National University of Singapore (NUS) have now invented a "smart foam" that can give machines more than a human touch. National […]

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A breakthrough for soft robotics

March 8th, 2021

Soft robotic clothing that could help people to move more easily is a step closer to reality with the development of a new flexible and lightweight power system for soft robotics. Researchers from Bristol University, Bristol, U.K., have successfully demonstrated a new electro-pneumatic pump that is soft, bendable, low-cost, easy to make and about the […]

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Yale researchers announce new shape-shifting material

October 12th, 2020

Photo: Yale University, the lab of Prof. Rebecca Kramer-Bottiglio A new robotic fabric structure, developed in the lab of Prof. Rebecca Kramer-Bottiglio at Yale University, could lead to new innovations in adaptive clothing, self-deploying shelters, or lightweight shape-changing machinery. The robotic fabric created by the researchers has actuation, sensing and variable stiffness fibers while retaining the […]

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Twisting elastomers show promise in soft robotics

June 22nd, 2020

Scientists at the University of Pittsburgh and Harvard University have demonstrated a new method for 'programming' liquid crystalline elastomers (LCEs) that enables them to twist and bend in the presence of light. This made it possible to replicate the complex twisting actions of the human muscle system in the materials, a breakthrough particularly useful for applications in soft robotics […]

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Textile-based robots

June 25th, 2018

Harvard researchers collaborate in developing soft, wearable robotics for hands. Soft, wearable robotics is an emerging field which looks at methods of enabling functional, powered support to assist human movements using lightweight, low-profile and flexible materials such as textiles. A diverse team of researchers in the Harvard Biodesign Lab at the Wyss Institute for Biologically […]

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