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An artist rendering of a new generation of biobots – soft robotic devices powered by skeletal muscle tissue stimulated by on-board motor neurons. Graphic courtesy Michael Vincent

New microscopic biohybrid robots propelled by muscles, nerves

A new generation of two-tailed bots powered by skeletal muscle tissue stimulated by on-board motor neurons.
A new insect-sized robot scurries at the speed of a cockroach and can withstand the weight of a human. Image Credit: UC Berkeley

New roach-inspired robot withstands 1 million times the weight of its own

Unlike large-scale robots powered by bulky actuators/motors, small-scale soft robots are often restricted to small actuators with low output power based on materials of...
A robotic harvester, dubbed the 'Vegebot', has been trained to identify and harvest iceberg lettuce, a crop which has so far resisted automation. / Image: University of Cambridge

‘Vegebot’ uses machine learning to identify and harvest lettuce

Agricultural harvesting is one area of the industry that has always made new technological advances. Some crops are relatively easy to harvest mechanically at...
This walking microrobot was built by the MIT team from a set of just five basic parts, including a coil, a magnet, and stiff and flexible structural pieces./ Image: MIT

MIT’s tiny ‘walking’ motor can help robots to assemble complex structures

It is a fact that all the world’s living things are built out of combinations of just 20 amino acids. Is it possible to...
Solar-Powered RoboBee X-Wing flies untethered/ Image: Harvard SEAS

Tiny RoboBee X-Wing uses solar power to achieve untethered flight

Researchers at the Harvard Microrobotics Lab have developed the insect-inspired microrobot called the RoboBee X-Wing - the latest version of their astonishing RoboBee. The...
Social robots can benefit hospitalized children

Social robots can lead to more positive emotions in sick children

Over the past two decades, social robots have become an emerging field where there are many things still to work on. This field not...
Duck Robot Helping Rice Farming in Northeastern Japan

This Japanese “Duck” robot replaces pesticides in rice fields

For rice farmers, ducks have been a viable way to keep their crops healthy instead of harmful pesticides. Specially trained ducks are released into...
NASA’s First Astrobee Robot “Bumble” Starts Flying in Space. / Image: NASA

Bumble became the first Astrobee robot to fly under its own power in space

Bumble, a cube-shaped free-flying robot, has become the first Astrobee robot to fly under its own power in space. Such type of robots that can...
Robo-fish powered by battery ‘blood’

Robotic fish powered by battery ‘blood’ can swim for 37 hours

Soft robots are always good, they can be very useful in search operations. Also, we have seen many animal-inspired robots like energy-efficient SlothBot that...