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Article in Reuters on Soft Robotics
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Article in Reuters on Soft Robotics

Take a look at Ben Greuber’s article in Reuters on Soft Robotics research at CMU. It includes a video showing the [iSkin wearable sensing array] developed with Martin Weigel and Ju ̈rgen Steimle from the Max Planck Institute for Informatics, Gilles Bailly (Telecom-ParisTech), and Antti Oulasvirta (Aalto). Continue reading »

PopSci article on iSkin
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PopSci article on iSkin

Check out Alexandra Ossola’s Popular Science article on iSkin. The touch sensor and user study will be presented next week at CHI 2015 and is part of a collaboration between SML (Tong Lu), Max Planck Institute for Informatics (Martin Weigel and Ju ̈rgen Steimle), Telecom-ParisTech (Gilles Bailly), and Aalto University (Antti Oulasvirta). Here’s a video … Continue reading »

iSkin wins Best Paper Award at CHI 2015
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iSkin wins Best Paper Award at CHI 2015

Congratulations to Tong Lu and our collaborators Martin Weigel and Ju ̈rgen Steimle from the Max Planck Institute for Informatics, Gilles Bailly (Telecom-ParisTech), and Antti Oulasvirta (Aalto) for winning the Best Paper Award at CHI 2015! The title of the paper is “iSkin: Flexible, Stretchable and Visually Customizable On-Body Touch Sensors for Mobile Computing” and … Continue reading »

Paper in Advanced Materials on Ga-based Conductive Elastomer
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Paper in Advanced Materials on Ga-based Conductive Elastomer

We have developed a novel conductive elastomer that has 100-1000x the volumetric conductivity of carbon-filled elastomers with similar elastic modulus. In addition to having low mechanical hysteresis and being >2x stretchable, the composite exhibits several unique properties, including pressure-activated conductivity and invariance of absolute electrical resistance to stretch. This work was recently published in Advanced … Continue reading »

Paper on Soft Robot Locomotion accepted for publication in the International Journal of Nonlinear Mechanics
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Paper on Soft Robot Locomotion accepted for publication in the International Journal of Nonlinear Mechanics

Together with Prof. Oliver O’Reilly and Xuance Zhou at UC Berkeley, we have applied an elastic rod theory to examine a novel mechanism for soft robot locomotion. As in inflatable and shape memory alloy-powered soft robots, the proposed mechanism exploits changes in the residual curvature of an elastic limb and the balance of adhesion- and … Continue reading »

Article in Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
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Article in Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Check out David Templeton’s article on Soft Robotics research at CMU. The article includes the story of how RI researchers Chris Atkeson and Sidd Sanan helped to inspire the concept for Baymax in the Disney movie Big Hero 6. The article appeared in the November 7, 2014 issue of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Continue reading »

Quote in the NY Times
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Quote in the NY Times

Check out Katie Harmon Courage’s article in the NY Times on Soft Robotics. The article provides an excellent overview of the field along with details on the PoseiDrone octopus robot by Dr. Giorgio-Serchi and his colleagues at Scuolo Superiore Sant’Anna. It appeared in print on page D3 of the July 29, 2014 issue. Continue reading »

Paper on Soft Robot Locomotion
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Paper on Soft Robot Locomotion

Together with Prof. Oliver O’Reilly and Xuance Zhou at UC Berkeley, we have developed a two degree-of-freedom model to examine the locomotion of soft robots on a rigid surface. Our dynamical analysis shows that locomotion featuring stick-slip friction is more efficient than a counterpart that only features slipping. This work was recently published in the … Continue reading »

SML-EBL trip to Kennywood!
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SML-EBL trip to Kennywood!

SML joins the Experimental Biomechatronics Lab (PI: Steve Collins) on an evening visit to Kennywood! Opened in 1898 as a “trolley park” for the Monongahela Street Railway, Kennywood is a national treasure that continues to bring thrills (and occasional nausea) to CMU grad students and their faculty advisors Continue reading »