To be fully immersive, sources of haptic stimulation in VR apps need to be shown, researchers find
Apr 19, 2018
A team of researchers at Microsoft has found that for physical stimulation techniques to work as hoped in virtual reality applications, the user needs to be shown the source of the stimulation. If they are not the group notes ...
Put the toolbox away—new robot assembles IKEA chairs
Apr 19, 2018
Sick of struggling with incomprehensible instructions and a baffling array of planks and screws? Help is at hand in the form of a new robot that can assemble an IKEA chair in minutes.
Researchers design 'soft' robots that can move on their own
Apr 18, 2018
If Star Wars' R2-D2 is your idea of a robot, think again. Researchers led by a University of Houston engineer have reported a new class of soft robot, composed of ultrathin sensing, actuating electronics and temperature-sensitive ...
Invertebrates inspire first fully 3-D printed active materials for robots
Apr 17, 2018
To overcome the material rigidity and actuation limitations in current robotic systems, a joint U.S. Army Research Laboratory and University of Minnesota research project sought inspiration from invertebrates.
Gecko-inspired adhesives help soft robotic fingers get a better grip
Apr 09, 2018
A team of California researchers has developed a robotic gripper that combines the adhesive properties of gecko toes and the adaptability of air-powered soft robots to grasp a much wider variety of objects than the state ...
Social isolation tackled by Fribo robot connecting real-life friends
Apr 08, 2018
Increasing "social connectedness" is considered by some Internet observers as a problem but why? Isn't everyone and their third cousins already connected? Who can ignore we have gone through multiple iterations of the digital ...
Biobot made of heart cells and gel looks like fluttering butterfly
Apr 02, 2018
A team of researchers at Southeast University in Nanjing, China, has developed a heart-on-a-chip platform incorporating rat heart muscle cells, hydrogel and nanocrystals. In their paper published in the journal Science Robotics, ...
Ski-worthy exoskeleton set to enhance experience
Mar 31, 2018
San Francisco-based company called Roam Robotics is to provide its first exoskeleton and it's aimed at skiers. Skiers? Sounds strange. One would think the last thing a skier would want to think about is a heavy suit with ...
Robot takes cues from spider that can walk and roll
Mar 30, 2018
Once again, we get visual proof that it pays to check out Nature's outstanding engineering tricks in order to work up interesting machines that behave in innovative ways—for machines, that is.
'SoFi': Soft robotic fish swims alongside real ones in coral reefs
Mar 21, 2018
This month scientists published rare footage of one of the Arctic's most elusive sharks. The findings demonstrate that, even with many technological advances in recent years, it remains a challenging task to document marine ...