New robot has a human touch

ITHACA, N.Y. – Most robots achieve grasping and tactile sensing through motorized means, which can be excessively bulky and rigid. A Cornell University group has devised a way for a soft robot to feel its surroundings internally, in much the same way humans do. A group led by Robert Shepherd, assistant professor of mechanical and […]

Video: Cornell researchers create artificial foam heart

Media note: Video available on YouTube Additional video, photos and study PDF:,  ITHACA, N.Y. – Cornell University researchers have developed a new lightweight and stretchable material with the consistency of memory foam that has potential for use in prosthetic body parts, artificial organs and soft robotics. The foam is unique because it can be formed […]