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Hand holding oscillators

Soft robots for all

The first soft ring oscillator gets plushy robots to roll, undulate, sort, meter liquids, and swallow

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The toggle gripper holds a screwdriver.

A soft touch

Pneumatic digital logic eliminates the last hard components from robots

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Onward and upward, robots

Harvard scientists help drive new age of machines, aiming for transformative impact in medicine, on Main Street, and beyond

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One of the projects receiving support from the accelerator was developed by Charles Lieber, Mark Hyman Jr. Professor of Chemistry, who has invented polymer-like mesh electronics and a method of delivering the electronics by syringe injection into living organisms.

Advancing ingenuity

Five research projects with commercial potential receive sustaining funding through Harvard’s PSE Accelerator program

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When the “body” of the robot is inflated, it arches; when the “legs” are inflated, the robot stands up. Sequential pressurization and depressurization of the legs allows the robot to walk to a barrier (a glass plate). Deflation of the body decreases the height of the robot, and a different sequence of actuation of the legs gives it a kind of undulatory motion, and allows it to wiggle under the barrier. Once on the other side, re-inflation of the body allows it to resume its walk.

Soft-bots

Harvard professor’s work challenges traditional image of robotics

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