Technology Tuesday


The fingers bend inward to grasp the tire, while the stem contracts upwards to lift.

I can’t sit here and promise you that the robot apocalypse isn’t coming, that the machines won’t eventually rise up and overthrow their makers. But what I can promise you is that not all of them will be able to punch you out. Because robots are going soft. Like, literally soft, controlled with liquid or air instead of traditional motors. It’s called soft robotics, naturally, and it’s hot at the moment.

Problem, though: Without the rigidity and powerful motors of your typical robot, soft robots have been weak. That is, until now. Researchers at the MIT Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory and Harvard’s Wyss Institute have developed a new kind of soft robotic muscle inspired by origami and awesomeness. It’s essentially a bag filled with air, inside of which is an origami structure that functions as a skeleton. By pumping air in and out, the researchers can get the muscle to lift 1,000 times its own weight. By comparison, a more traditional robot arm like the super popular UR10, which weighs in at 64 pounds, can lift a third of its weight.


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13 Responses to Technology Tuesday

  1. Micki says:

    I’m not a scientist but it would seem soft robotics has great potential in health. With the flexibility of the materials perhaps “artificial muscles” could be developed as replacement muscles in people with certain diseases like MS or for post-stroke rehab? Or the soft robotics could assist people with heart disease for increased pumping function? Or, the soft robotics could provide improved brain function to the current president to stop acting like an idiot? No….that seems to be impossible!


  2. jimhitchcock says:

    Project Veritas has it’s nuts in a vise.


  3. jimhitchcock says:

    As late as 1987, in his bestselling book “The Art of the Deal,” Donald Trump was continuing with the ruse, writing that his grandfather “came here from Sweden as a child.”

    Because, “You don’t sell apartments in NYC after the war if you’re from Germany”.


  4. Carol ٩(-̮̮̃-̃)۶ says:

    It was 60° here at the ranch today. Windy, but if it weren’t I bet I would have had a couple windows open.

    Can’t find anywhere to donate Bob’s leftover meds like Colace and Senna. Will have to destroy them I guess.

    Jill found a place to donate his leftover Hospice supplies though, so that makes me happy. I hate waste.


  5. David B. Benson says:

    Started raining @ 5 pm. Still @ it. Just 13 minutes to the Hillside Cafe for a salmon dinner.


    • David B. Benson says:

      Up to Bryan Hall for the chamber music concert and then the breezy but rainless way home makes 29 minutes. The final selection was by the Elevator Music trio, Kirill, Keadrin and Jason with a thoroughly professional performance of the last movement of the Shastakovich piano trio #2, the “drunken Russian” being but one interpretation of this masterpiece from 1944.

      Day 3: 85+29=114 minutes.


  6. Den says:

    Ultra-Rare Cow Dalmatian spotted running through the yard:


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