Water-based gels used to create soft robotic devices

Researchers from North Carolina State University have developed a new technique for creating devices out of a water-based hydrogel material that can be patterned, folded and used to manipulate objects. The technique holds promise for use in "soft robotics" and biomedical applications.

Squishy robot changes color for camouflage

Harvard researchers have developed a soft-bodied robot, based on a starfish, that can camouflage itself when required - or color itself brightly.

Starfish robot shimmies through tight spaces

Harvard University engineers have built a limbo-dancing robot that can squeeze under obstacles in its path for search and rescue missions.