Researchers used an old theory on vibrating plane wings to study how fish swim so well. They were able to double the swimming efficiency of their robotic fish over a range of speeds.
Fish fins are extremely flexible yet also strong. A special segmented fin design is the key to this useful combination of properties and could inspire new morphing materials.
The device ventured nearly 11km below the surface to the Mariana Trench.
Engineers predict a time when people and robots physically interact all day long. For that to happen safely will require new soft materials that can do things like sense touch and change shape.
Soft robots printed in the home? Not as far off as you might think.
‘The Right Trousers’ combine soft artificial muscles and electric stimulation to get people moving.
Why we’re developing a soft robot inspired by an elephant’s trunk.
Soft robotics could help move us closer to more human-like robots.
A new hopping robot shows how unusual 3D printed structures could pave the way for machines that better mimic living creatures.
A new robotic tentacle has the potential to revolutionise keyhole surgery.
Bionic trousers could use artificial muscles to help wearers move about – and soft robotics technology will make the clothing comfortable and maybe even stylish.