Sacrificial ink-writing technique developed at Harvard allows 3D printed organs to include large, vascularized building blocks.
Jellyfish unharmed by new soft robotic underwater gripper
A new ultra-soft underwater gripper developed at Harvard’s Wyss Institute safely catches and releases jellyfish without damage.
Exosuit successfully makes the transition from walking to running
Harvard and University of Nebraska Omaha researchers have developed a lightweight exosuit that assists both walking and running, highlighting the potential for wearable robots outside the lab.
Harvard’s Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering receives $131M gift from founder
Harvard graduate Hansjörg Wyss has given another major donation to support the Wyss Institute’s mission of developing and commercializing robotics and healthcare technologies.
Robotic catheter brings autonomous navigation into human body
Boston researchers recently demonstrated a robotic catheter that could autonomously navigate through the body to repair a cardiac valve.
Snake-inspired robot uses kirigami for swifter slithering
A new programmable metamaterial using kirigami, the Japanese art of paper folding, can more efficiently change its shape to crawl, said Harvard researchers.
Reconfigurable soft actuator quickly transforms to multiple shapes
Mechanical systems, such as engines and motors, rely on two principal types of motions of stiff components: linear motion, which involves an object moving from one point to another in a straight line; and rotational motion, which involves an object rotating on an axis. Nature has developed far more sophisticated forms of movement — or…
Soft exosuit with multiple joints tunes itself to individual users
In the future, a smart textile-based soft exosuit could be worn by soldiers, fire fighters and rescue workers to help them traverse difficult terrain and arrive fresh at their destinations so that they can perform their respective tasks more effectively. They could also become a powerful means to enhance mobility and quality of living…
Meet the Robotics Summit Keynotes
WTWH Media and The Robot Report has announced the keynote lineup for the inaugural Robotics Summit & Showcase taking place May 23-24, 2018 at the Westin Waterfront in Boston, Massachusetts. The Robotics Summit & Showcase focuses the technical issues involved with the design, development, manufacture and delivery of commercial robotics and intelligent systems products and…
Soft, water-powered robot makes endoscopic surgery easier
Harvard researchers have created a rigid-soft robotic arm for endoscopes that can sense, flex and has multiple degrees of freedom. Flexible endoscopes fit through narrow passages to reach difficult parts of the body. Once they reach their target, the devices need rigid surgical tools to be able to manipulate or remove tissues. Researchers from Harvard’s…