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Soft Robots for Hard Problems

from iee Spectrum

Squishy robots may move and manipulate objects in new ways

By Neil Savage  /  May 2012

27 March 2012—The word robot calls to mind images of C-3PO or the Terminator. But robots don’t necessarily need to be gleamingly metallic and hard-edged; some might even be downright squishy. That at least is the vision of some robotics researchers, including Carmel Majidi, assistant professor of mechanical engineering at Carnegie Mellon University, in Pittsburgh, and head of the school’s Soft Machines Lab.

“Nature is just full of examples of functionality without any rigid parts,” Majidi said during the American Physical Society’s March meeting in Boston. Think of an octopus squeezing through a tight opening or a Venus flytrap snapping shut on an unwitting insect. . . . Read Complete Report

from youtube

Robots: Best of 2011

from Robotspodcast.com

December 30th, 2011

Robots: Best of 2011 – mp3

In this episode, the Robots Podcast team looks at the robots and technologies that shaped 2011. We’ll be discussing industrial robots, cloud robotics, soft robots, service robots, aerial robots, autonomous cars, agriculture robots, bio-inspired robots, human-like walkers and swarm robotics.

To see the robots highlighted in our special, check out the Youtube channel below. . . continue w/videos