Gentle robotic device

May 1st, 2022

Kirigami grippers are gentle and precise enough to grasp an egg yolk or a human hair. Photo: North Carolina State University A new robotic gripper has found a completely new solution for gripping previously impossible objects. It uses the ancient Japanese art form of kirigami. Related to the paper-folding art of origami, kirigami involves making a […]

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Robots on the wing

August 1st, 2019

Purdue University researchers are building robotic hummingbirds taught to fly using artificial intelligence methods. The robots fly while tethered to an energy source, but the researchers expect that soon they will have the freedom of battery operation. Photos: Purdue University/Jared Pike. Hummingbirds are amazing creatures: They flap their wings as fast as 80 times per […]

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