Space News: Taking the pulse of NASA’s robotic explorers

Europa, an icy Moon of Jupiter, entices scientists to explore a huge ocean beneath an icy surface. Image credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/SETI Institute. Keeping NASA’s robotic explorers healthy takes smart software, especially in remote and harsh environments. An initial investment by NASA’s Small Business Innovation Research, or SBIR, Program led to development of a new technology that … Read more

Bendy robotic arm twisted into shape with help of augmented reality

Journal Reference: Alex Ranne, Angus Benedict Clark, Nicolas Rojas. Augmented Reality-Assisted Reconfiguration and Workspace Visualization of Malleable Robots: Workspace Modification Through Holographic Guidance. IEEE Robotics & Automation Magazine, 2022; 2 DOI: 10.1109/MRA.2022.3141973 Instead of being constrained by rigid limbs and firm joints, the versatile arm is readily bendable into a wide variety of shapes. In … Read more

Robotic neck brace can help analyze cancer treatment impacts

Journal Reference: Biing-Chwen Chang, Haohan Zhang, Sallie Long, Adetokunbo Obayemi, Scott H. Troob, Sunil K. Agrawal. A novel neck brace to characterize neck mobility impairments following neck dissection in head and neck cancer patients. Wearable Technologies, 2021; 2 DOI: 10.1017/wtc.2021.8 Head and neck cancer was the seventh most common cancer worldwide in 2018, with 890,000 … Read more

Kirigami robotic grippers are delicate enough to lift egg yolks

Journal Reference: Yaoye Hong, Yinding Chi, Shuang Wu, Yanbin Li, Yong Zhu, Jie Yin. Boundary curvature guided programmable shape-morphing kirigami sheets. Nature Communications, 2022; 13 (1) DOI: 10.1038/s41467-022-28187-x The work draws on the art of kirigami, which involves both cutting and folding two-dimensional (2D) sheets of material to form three-dimensional (3D) shapes. Specifically, the researchers … Read more

A robotic hand with a gecko-inspired grip

Journal Reference: Wilson Ruotolo, Dane Brouwer, Mark R. Cutkosky. From grasping to manipulation with gecko-inspired adhesives on a multifinger gripper. Science Robotics, 2021; 6 (61) DOI: 10.1126/scirobotics.abi9773 “You’ll see robotic hands do a power grasp and a precision grasp and then kind of imply that they can do everything in between,” said Wilson Ruotolo, PhD … Read more

Inflatable robotic hand gives amputees real-time tactile control

Journal Reference: Guoying Gu, Ningbin Zhang, Haipeng Xu, Shaoting Lin, Yang Yu, Guohong Chai, Lisen Ge, Houle Yang, Qiwen Shao, Xinjun Sheng, Xiangyang Zhu, Xuanhe Zhao. A soft neuroprosthetic hand providing simultaneous myoelectric control and tactile feedback. Nature Biomedical Engineering, 2021; DOI: 10.1038/s41551-021-00767-0 But this high-tech dexterity comes at a price. Neuroprosthetics can cost tens … Read more

Autonomous robotic rover helps scientists with long-term monitoring of deep-sea carbon cycle and climate change

Autonomous robotic rover helps scientists with long-term monitoring of deep-sea carbon cycle and climate change – NovLink Home Mash L Autonomous robotic rover helps scientists with long-term monitoring of deep-sea carbon cycle and climate change We want to give thanks to the author of this write-up for this outstanding web content Autonomous robotic rover helps … Read more

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