Keyword: Elastomers

Briefs: Motion Control
A connection between electricity and mechanical motion in soft, rubber-like materials could improve robot range.
Briefs: Materials
Applications include anti-fouling and anti-contamination, aerodynamic and hydrodynamic drag reduction, and adhesive joining of composite parts.
Briefs: Wearables
The organic composite material is soft, stretchable, and has good thermoelectric properties for many wearable applications.
Briefs: Energy
A flexible device worn on the wrist harvests heat energy from the human body to monitor health.
Briefs: Data Acquisition
Microspheres are used in wind tunnel experiments to monitor airflow, to stain biological samples, and in time-delayed drug release.
Articles: Manufacturing & Prototyping
Highly purified, low-outgassing silicones prevent material degradation in satellites and space vehicles.
Briefs: Materials
This material could be used for artificial muscles that power bio-inspired robots.
Briefs: Manufacturing & Prototyping
This technology can help robots walk up to 40 percent faster on uneven terrain such as pebbles and wood chips.
Briefs: Sensors/Data Acquisition
This technology shows potential for the detection of subtle human motions and the real-time monitoring of body postures for healthcare applications.
5 Ws: Manufacturing & Prototyping
MIT researchers are developing a shoe coating that provides a stronger grip on ice and other slippery surfaces.
Briefs: Nanotechnology
The material consists solely of components that have already been shown to work well in the body.
Briefs: Photonics/Optics
A liquid crystal elastomer can be programmed to exhibit controllable, dynamic behavior without the need for complex electronic components.
Briefs: Electronics & Computers
These materials can be used in soft robotics, self-healing electronics, and medical devices.
Briefs: Manufacturing & Prototyping
A wireless sensor small enough to be implanted in the blood vessels of the human brain could help clinicians evaluate the healing of aneurysms.
Q&A: RF & Microwave Electronics
Briefs: Medical
This electronic skin can track heart rate, respiration, muscle movement, and other health data.
Briefs: Mechanical & Fluid Systems
This microrobot with soft actuators can crash, fall, and collide without being damaged.
Briefs: Sensors/Data Acquisition

Researchers have developed a fiber that combines the elasticity of rubber with the strength of a metal, resulting in a tougher material. The fibers consist of a gallium metal core...

Briefs: Robotics, Automation & Control

Researchers have developed a formula that enables them to recreate different levels of perceived softness. Based on the results from their experiments, they created equations that can calculate how...

Briefs: Electronics & Computers

Soft robots have a distinct advantage over rigid robots: they can adapt to complex environments, handle fragile objects, and interact safely with humans. Made from silicone, rubber, or other stretchable polymers,...

Briefs: Mechanical & Fluid Systems

Researchers have developed a new and improved snake-inspired soft robot that is faster and more precise than its predecessor.

Briefs: Electronics & Computers

Researchers have created stretchable, rubbery semiconductors including rubbery integrated electronics, logic circuits, and arrayed sensory skins fully based on rubber materials. The semiconductors have...

Briefs: Electronics & Computers

Mechanical systems such as engines and motors rely on two principal types of motions of stiff components: linear motion, which involves an object moving from one point to another in a straight...

Briefs: Electronics & Computers

Geckos, spiders, and beetles have special adhesive elements on their feet, enabling them to easily run along ceilings or walls. The science of bionics tries to imitate and control such...

Briefs: Materials

In biology, there are many examples where light induces movement or change — think of flowers and leaves turning toward sunlight. Magnetic elastomeric composites were developed that move in different...

Briefs: Mechanical & Fluid Systems
Reusable Breakaway Mounting Device

Breakaway devices are used to mount objects to systems or structures (for example, cars, drones, helmets, buildings) and prevent damage when the objects fall away from the system. Unfortunately, even in ideal scenarios, many of these devices have limitations. Breakaway bolts and shear pins have the complication...

Briefs: Electronics & Computers

When Navy SEALs carry out dives in Arctic waters, or when rescue teams are diving under ice-covered rivers or ponds, the survival time even in the best wetsuits is very limited — as...

Briefs: Materials

Adhesives used for common pain-relieving bandages often do not stick properly when attached to places that encounter large, inhomogenous bending motion, like elbows and knees. To...

Briefs: Robotics, Automation & Control

Liquid metal printing is integral to the flexible electronics field. Additive manufacturing enables fast fabrication of intricate designs and circuitry. The field features...

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