Artificial cilia, or hair-like structures, developed by researchers from North Carolina State University and Elon University have the ability to bend into novel shapes when subjected to a magnetic field.
A majority of the synthetic materials, such as those in battery electrodes, catalysts, and polymer membranes, tend to deteriorate with time since they lack intrinsic repair mechanisms.
At the Paul Scherrer Institute PSI and ETH Zurich, scientists have created an innovative micromachine that is capable of carrying out a variety of actions.
A RoboBee rushing toward a wall or bumping into a glass box might have caused panic earlier among scientists at the Harvard Microrobotics Laboratory at the Harvard John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Science (SEAS).
Snake-like articulated mobile robots can enter narrow spaces and climb obstacles using their long and thin bodies, and are effective for inspection of narrow spaces and search-and-rescue operation on disaster sites.
In the past few years, soft robots have received a great deal of attention for their special characteristics when compared to conventional rigid robots.
The sight of a scurrying bug can make individuals look away because they probably feel uneasy. Now, a novel insect-sized robot developed by scientists at the University of California, Berkeley (UC Berkeley), can skitter across the floor at almost the speed of a darting cockroach.
Liquid crystal elastomer technology was used by researchers at the Faculty of Physics at the University of Warsaw, Poland to show the capability of a bio-inspired microrobot to imitate the adhesive locomotion of snails and slugs in natural scale.
Targeted medical treatment is a practice that is as old as medicine itself. A broken arm is placed in a cast. A Band-Aid is used to cover a skinned knee. Drops are put into itchy eyes.
A novel and non-invasive approach for controlling cells using microrobotics has recently been demonstrated by researchers in the lab of Professor Aaron Wheeler (Chemistry, IBBME).