Looking to Nature for the Next Generation of Robots (Part 2)

This research in mimicking the capabilities of tobacco hornworms has expanded to include developing a completely new generation of robots.  Modern robots are typically rigid and stiff because they are derived from early robots optimized for factory assembly lines. Professor Trimmer wants to change that.  He sees a robot that is not only soft and flexible, but also made from natural materials.  He is currently … Continue reading Looking to Nature for the Next Generation of Robots (Part 2)

Looking to Nature for the Next Generation of Robots (Part 1)

Have you ever wondered where Velcro came from, or how a Kindle screen can be read in the sunlight? A quick internet search reveals that both of these technologies were human ideas inspired by fundamental properties of nature. Ever since our ancestors had gained the ability to think in a complex manner, humans have continually studied the other multicellular organisms that surround them.  Early on, … Continue reading Looking to Nature for the Next Generation of Robots (Part 1)