Soft Robotics

  • Gomer is a soft robot that can bother your cat

    Gomer is a soft robot that can bother your cat

    If there’s any sort of trend in robotics this year it’s soft hands. Robots with soft pincers are quite useful in picking up – and not breaking – objects and now you can enjoy a soft-handed robot at home. The robot is called Gomer and it’s available now on Indiegogo. The little robot had an expressive face and a big claw on top. You can play games with Gomer –… Read More

  • This vacuum-activated modular robot is equally nasty and neat

    This vacuum-activated modular robot is equally nasty and neat

    Soft robots are a major area of research right now, but the general paradigm seems to be that you pump something (a muscle or tube) full of something else (air, fluid) causing it to change its shape. But a robot from Swiss roboticists does the opposite: its little muscles tense when the air in them is removed. It’s cool — but it also looks kind of gross. Read More

  • Four robot demos you missed at TC Sessions: Robotics

    Four robot demos you missed at TC Sessions: Robotics

    TC Sessions: Robotics featured robots for as far as the eye could see, and several took the stage for special demonstrations. We were honored to play host as these innovative companies and teams showed off their latest creations. The videos are below are well worth your time. The latest version of MIT’s Cheetah robot made its stage debut at TC Sessions: Robotics. It’s a… Read More

  • Here are some of the groundbreaking robots you’ll see at TC Sessions: Robotics next week

    Here are some of the groundbreaking robots you’ll see at TC Sessions: Robotics next week

    TC Sessions: Robotics takes place on Monday, July 17 at MIT, and the agenda is stacked with the best minds, engineers and founders in the robotic industry. And many are bringing some mechanical friends. Throughout the event, a bunch of robotic demos will take place. Some will happen during fireside chats, others in workshops, and there’s even a pitch-off event where three robotic… Read More

  • These stretchy, durable sensors could be woven right into clothing

    These stretchy, durable sensors could be woven right into clothing

    If we must have an Internet of Things, it makes no sense to leave clothes out of the party. But clothes must be worn, washed, bunched up and folded — it’s hard to make electronics that can survive all that. Plenty are trying, though; the latest attempt is from Harvard’s Wyss Institute, which uses a simple but effective layering method to make a durable, customizable flex sensor. Read More

  • More robots! Announcing three demos for TC Sessions: Robotics at MIT on July 17

    More robots! Announcing three demos for TC Sessions: Robotics at MIT on July 17

    There are so many great robotics projects underway that it’s hard to pick the best to appear at TC Sessions: Robotics, which is coming to MIT’s Kresge Auditorium on July 17. The agenda is full with lots of robots accompanying their creators on panel sessions and 1:1s. But that’s not enough. There event will also feature three straight-up demos, and today we’re pleased… Read More

  • 3D printing soft legs can help a robot walk across rough and rocky terrain

    3D printing soft legs can help a robot walk across rough and rocky terrain

    A team of engineers at the University of California San Diego have applied the biologically inspired principles of soft robotics in order to develop a robot capable of navigating uneven terrain like rocks and sand. The soft and pliable materials mean the robot’s four legs are capable of conforming to their surrounds, so its on-board sensors don’t need a precise picture of the… Read More

  • SRI spinoff SuperFlex raises $9.6M to pursue ‘powered clothing’

    SRI spinoff SuperFlex raises $9.6M to pursue ‘powered clothing’

    A spinoff from the robot veterans at SRI is making a big bet on ubiquitous soft robotics: SuperFlex aims to establish a new product category with what it calls “powered clothing.” The company, which initially split off from its parent in April, hopes to have a product to show in a few months, and has raised nearly $10 million to develop it. Read More