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This Tiny Robot Bug Swims and Walk Underwater

This Tiny Robot Bug Swims and Walk Underwater
Harvard University researchers have been working on a miniature robot called the Harvard Ambulatory Microbot (HAMR) for a while now. The insect-inspired, waterproo microbot recently received an upgrade, and now it can swim and walk underwater – on land, too. While it’s not the most graceful looking robot on those…

This Cigarette Smoking Robot Could Help Save Humans

This Cigarette Smoking Robot Could Help Save Humans
A team at Harvard’s Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering has developed a research system that can smoke cigarettes. The gatling gun style system has a mechanical element that can light and puff cigarettes to get the smoke. Surprisingly this system is not named Patty or Selma. The machine simulates…
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Robobee: The Future of Bee Stings

Robobee: The Future of Bee Stings
If you have ever wondered what the bee of the future would look like, here it is. Researchers at Harvard and MIT have spent the last seven years perfecting this robotic bee. For better honey? No. To help with the bee population? No. Simply to creature a futuristic bee that…

Modular Metamaterial Can Be Programmed to Shapeshift: Real Life DynoCaps

Modular Metamaterial Can Be Programmed to Shapeshift: Real Life DynoCaps
We’re one small step closer to having Dragon Ball‘s miraculous capsules, thanks to a group of scientists that have created a metamaterial that can be programmed to change its shape, volume and stiffness. The scientists, led by Harvard Associate Professor of the Natural Sciences Katia Bertoldi, were inspired by a…

Robot Folds Itself into a Usable Form and Walks Away

Robot Folds Itself into a Usable Form and Walks Away
A group of researchers working together from Harvard and MIT have created a cool folding robot that can transform itself from a flat sheet to a functioning robot and walk away without human intervention. Inspired by origami and natural folding structures, the robot is made from a flat sheet of…

Flexible Starfish Robot Can Camouflage Itself

Flexible Starfish Robot Can Camouflage Itself
In November of 2011, we talked a bit about a soft, flexible robot that was powered by compressed air. The Harvard University team that designed that soft and flexible robot is back with an updated version of the same air-powered robot that can camouflage itself. The camouflage properties can allow…

Mobee Robot Bees to Patrol the Skies of Our Nightmares

Mobee Robot Bees to Patrol the Skies of Our Nightmares
Robot bees are the real threat to humanity because they could potentially sting you dead and just fly off to find their next victim. If that happens you can thank the Harvard School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS) for their creation, the Mobee.…

Soft and Flexible Robot Crawls Like a Starfish

Soft and Flexible Robot Crawls Like a Starfish
This Gumby-looking robot is the work of Harvard scientists, led by professor George M. Whitesides. It’s a flexible robot that can wiggle and worm through tight spaces. Like under your door, that tiny crack under your window pane, that bit of molding you’ve been meaning to fix – what the…
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