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Sustainable manufacturing of sensors onto soft systems using self-coagulating conductive Pickering emulsions

INTRODUCTIONCompliant sensors are becoming important components in the fields of biomedicine (1–3), sports (4, 5), and robotics (6–8) as a way to communicate...

Modeling engagement in long-term, in-home socially assistive robot interventions for children with autism spectrum disorders

AbstractSocially assistive robotics (SAR) has great potential to provide accessible, affordable, and personalized therapeutic interventions for children with autism spectrum disorders (ASD). However,...

Autonomous cars in science fiction

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Autonomic perspiration in 3D-printed hydrogel actuators

AbstractIn both biological and engineered systems, functioning at peak power output for prolonged periods of time requires thermoregulation. Here, we report a soft...

A bioinspired Separated Flow wing provides turbulence resilience and aerodynamic efficiency for miniature drones

INTRODUCTIONSmall-scale drones that are intrinsically safe for users and easy to transport and deploy are disrupting commercial and recreational applications ranging from inspection...

A vision for future bioinspired and biohybrid robots

Bioinspired and biohybrid robots can help respond to diverse, sustainable application needs. Find out the full story here

Metal or muscle? The future of biologically inspired robots

Biology has inspired the development of agile robots, and it is now teaching us how to grow machines from living cells. Find out the...

Forging global cooperation and collaboration

AbstractAs researchers create better robots, major robotics initiatives and government funding programs need better international cooperation and collaboration.The year 2020 will witness a...

Soft biohybrid morphing wings with feathers underactuated by wrist and finger motion

INTRODUCTIONCurrent aircraft use wing ailerons to initiate turn maneuvers and wing flaps and slats to increase lift and drag during takeoff and landing...

Explainable robotics in science fiction

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