Scientists from the University of California, Davis, are deploying “robot larvae” into the ocean at Bodega Bay, just north of San Francisco.
A team of researchers at EPFL and ETHZ have designed a new technique for constructing microrobots that can be used in the body to provide drugs and also perform a number of other medical operations.
Thanks to the ordering effects of two-faced magnetic beads, they can be turned into useful tools controlled by a changing external magnetic field
When scaling down robots to the micrometer scale for tiny tasks such as incising tissue and puncturing retinal veins, minimalism is key.
Light-powered molecular motors have been created by scientists from Hokkaido University. The motors bend and unbend repeatedly, and could lead to the development of molecular robots.
Scientists at the U.S. Department of Energy's Argonne National Laboratory have discovered a way to use a microscopic swirling flow to rapidly clear a circle of tiny bacteria or swimming robots.
The problem with having a microscopic robot propelled by a horde of tail-flailing bacteria is you never know where it’s going to end up. The tiny, bio-robots, which amount to a chip coated with a “carpet” of flagellated bacteria, emerged from the primordial ooze of microrobotics research a few years ago as a concept for building microscopic devices and delivering medication at the cellular level. But as with any robot, the challenge for making them useful is bridging the gap from movement to automation.
Duke University researchers have engineered microbes that can’t run away from home; those that do will quickly die without protective proteins produced by their peers.
Most efforts to develop bio-inspired robots center on mimicking the motions of animals: but plants move too -- even if most of their motions are so slow they can't be detected by the naked eye.
Will robots change the way people work, live and learn in the future? This question will be explored during European Robotics Week, which this year will be hosted by the Bristol Robotics Laboratory (BRL), a collaboration between the University of Bristol and UWE Bristol.