Robotics

This 'squidbot' jets around and takes pics of coral and fish

Engineers at the University of California San Diego have built a squid-like robot that can swim untethered, propelling itself by generating jets of water. The robot carries its own power source inside its body. It can also ...

Robotics

A 3D-printed tensegrity structure for soft robotics applications

Tensegrity is a design principle that has often been applied by artists, architects and engineers to build a wide range of structures, including sculptures, frames and buildings. This principle essentially describes the dynamics ...

Engineering

Reprogrammable shape morphing of magnetic soft machines

Shape-morphing magnetic soft machines have diverse applications in minimally invasive medicine, wearable devices and soft robotics. However, most magnetic programming approaches are inherently coupled to the fabrication processes, ...

Robotics

A robot that controls highly flexible tools

How do you calculate the coordinated movements of two robot arms so they can accurately guide a highly flexible tool? ETH researchers have integrated all aspects of the optimisation calculations into an algorithm. A hot-wire ...

Machine learning & AI

Smart AI makes all kinds of shapes on its own

Plastic is light, cheap, and can be made into any shape if heated, making it a 'gift from the 20th-century god.' The key is to maintain its uniform quality but its sensitivity to process conditions makes processing autonomy ...

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