biomimicry

This Remarkably Agile Robot Hand Teaches Itself How To Handle Objects

In a split second before you reach to pick up an object, your brain pre-calculates all the movements needed to safely reach and grasp it securely. It’s a subconscious approach that’s the result of years of childhood development and learning, and one that robotics researchers are now using for their…

Truly Cyborg Fingers Combine Robotics With Living Cells

Truly Cyborg Fingers Combine Robotics With Living Cells

A single biohybrid robotic finger at work. Notice the contracting and expanding muscles at the top of the device. GIF: University of Tokyo By growing muscles on an artificial skeleton, researchers from Japan have constructed an agile and surprisingly durable “biohybrid” robotic finger joint. The breakthrough could eventually lead to…

A Squishy Robotic Octopus Tentacle Might Not Actually Be Nightmare Fuel

A Squishy Robotic Octopus Tentacle Might Not Actually Be Nightmare Fuel

Hollywood movies have used giant squids and octopi to inspire underwater nightmares for decades. But Festo, a German company that makes industrial machinery, has realised that an octopus’ amazing muscle-packed body and tentacles could actually be the ideal way to design and build a robot destined to work alongside humans.