New paper suggests spinosaurus may have been aquatic

New paper argues the Spinosaurus was aquatic, and powered by predatory tail.

Clea Simon • harvard
April 29, 2020 ~7 min

Tags: science-technology dinosaurs george-lauder museum-of-comparative-zoology nature nizar-ibrahim robotics spinosaurus stephanie-pierce tails theropod

First flight of RoboBee powered by soft muscles

Researchers have developed a resilient RoboBee powered by soft artificial muscles that can crash into walls, fall onto the floor, and collide with other RoboBees without being damaged.

Leah Burrows • harvard
Nov. 4, 2019 ~5 min

Tags:  science-technology  harvard-john-a-paulson-school-of-engineering-and-applied-science  harvard-microrobotics-laboratory  robobee  soft-actuator

Built for distance and speed, Tunabot can illuminate how fish move

Scientists from Harvard and the University of Virginia have developed the first robotic tuna that can accurately mimic both the highly efficient swimming style of tuna, and their high speed.

Peter Reuell • harvard
Oct. 23, 2019 ~5 min

Tags:  science-technology  biomechanics  faculty-of-arts-and-sciences  fas  fish  george-lauder  harvard  lauder  peter-reuell  reuell  robot  robot-fish  robotics  science-robotics  swimming  tuna  tunabot

Ultra-soft underwater grippers reach next level of perfection

To study jellyfish and other fragile marine life without damaging them, researchers developed ultra-soft underwater grippers that catch and release jellyfish without harm.

Lindsay Brownell • harvard
Aug. 28, 2019 ~8 min

Tags:  science-technology  anti-aging  baruch-college  cuny  harvard-john-a-paulson-school-of-engineering-and-applied-sciences  harvards-wyss-institute-for-biologically-inspired-engineering  jellyfish  nina-sinatra  seas  wyss-institutes-bioinspired-soft-robotics-platform

Innovation gives soft robots new, complex movements

The first soft ring oscillator gets plushy robots to roll, undulate, sort, meter liquids, and swallow.

Caitlin McDermott-Murphy • harvard
July 8, 2019 ~6 min

Tags:  science-technology  chemistry  george-whitesides  mechanotherapy  medical-technology  pneumatics  science  soft-robotics

Robobee makes its first solo flight

Several decades in the making, the Harvard Microbiotics Lab’s Robobee made its first solo flight.

Leah Burrows • harvard
June 26, 2019 ~6 min

Tags:  science-technology  graduate-school-of-arts-and-sciences  harvard-john-a-paulson-school-of-engineering-and-applied-sciences  harvard-microrobotics-lab  robert-wood  robobee  seas  wyss-institute-for-biologically-inspired-engineering

iRobot acquires Root Robotics, bringing coding education to classrooms worldwide

The iRobot Corp. announced its acquisition of Root Robotics, Inc., whose educational Root coding robot got its start as a summer research project at the Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering at Harvard University in 2011

Lindsay Brownell • harvard
June 20, 2019 ~7 min

Tags:  science-technology  inc  irobot-corp  root-coding-robot  root-robotics  wyss-institute-for-biologically-inspired-engineering-at-harvard-university

Robots with sticky feet can go where humans can’t fit

Researchers have created a micro-robot whose electroadhesive foot pads allow it to climb on vertical and upside-down conductive surfaces, such as the inside walls of a jet engine. Groups of micro-robots could one day be used to inspect complicated machinery and detect safety issues sooner, while reducing maintenance costs.

Lindsay Brownell • harvard
Dec. 19, 2018 ~8 min

Tags:  science-technology  electroadhesion  hamr-e  harvard-ambulatory-micro-robot-with-electroadhesion  harvard-universitys-wyss-institute-for-biologically-inspired-engineering  john-a-paulson-school-of-engineering-and-applied-sciences  micro-robot  science-robotics

Robots with sticky feet can go where humans can’t fit

Researchers have created a micro-robot whose electroadhesive foot pads allow it to climb on vertical and upside-down conductive surfaces, such as the inside walls of a jet engine. Groups of micro-robots could one day be used to inspect complicated machinery and detect safety issues sooner, while reducing maintenance costs.

Lindsay Brownell • harvard
Dec. 19, 2018 ~8 min

Tags:  science-technology  electroadhesion  hamr-e  harvard-ambulatory-micro-robot-with-electroadhesion  harvard-universitys-wyss-institute-for-biologically-inspired-engineering  john-a-paulson-school-of-engineering-and-applied-sciences  micro-robot  science-robotics

Researchers develop ‘soft’ valves to make entirely soft robots

Harvard scientists have created a soft valve that could replace “hard” valves and lead to the creation of entirely soft robots. The valve’s structure can also be used to produce unique, oscillatory behavior.

Peter Reuell • harvard
Dec. 6, 2018 ~7 min

Tags:  science-technology  daniel-preston  faculty-of-arts-and-sciences  fas  george-whitesides  hard-valve  harvard  oscillation  peter-reuell  philipp-rothemund  preston  reuell  robot  soft-robot  soft-robotics  soft-valve  valve  whitesides

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