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.
Robots can now learn to swarm on the go

Robots can now learn to swarm on the go

A new generation of swarming robots which can independently learn and evolve new behaviors in the wild is one step closer, thanks to research from the University of Bristol and the University of the West of England (UWE).
A portable exosuit that uses AI to assist users with both walking and running. / Image Credit: Wyss Institute at Harvard University

Hip-assisting exosuit makes both walking and running more energy efficient

So far, there is a number of exoskeletons, or robotic devices have been designed to help people with walking, and few of them can...
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...

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...
Prosthetic arm can move and feel

“LUKE Arm” can sense touch, move with your thoughts

For helping amputees regain the sense of touch, a lot of efforts has been made so far. Despite the increasingly advanced developments in the...
The first soft ring oscillator gets plushy robots to roll, undulate, sort, meter liquids, and swallow./ Image: Harvard University

A soft ring oscillator allows soft robots to roll, undulate, sort,...

Soft robots can’t always compete with the hard. But every year, soft robots gain new ability - they can simplify certain mechanical tasks, such...
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...