Soft, autonomous Meshworm robotic earthworm moves using peristalsis
Meshbot Meshbot is inspired by earthworms. MIT News via YouTube Soft, bendy robots could have a wide variety of benefits, from squishing into tight spaces to conduct surveillance, to crawling through a person's body to deliver drugs or take medical images. But it's hard to build entirely soft objects containing soft bodies, soft batteries and soft motors. A new version developed at MIT and Harvard is both soft and tough, inching around like an earthworm yet surviving multiple cruel blows from a rubber mallet. The robot is nicknamed "Meshworm," after the earthworms that inspired its design. Rather than using liquid, air or silicone gears to get around, like other soft robots we've seen, Meshbot uses artificial muscle made from a shape-memory alloy. It looks very much like a squiggling worm, as you can see in the video below. Researchers led by MIT mechanical engineering professor Sangbae Kim took a flexible mesh tube and encircled it in wires out of titanium and nickel, an alloy that contracts and expands wi
In an effort to create robots with soft, pliable exteriors that would be suited to exploring hard to reach places and traversing bumpy terrain, a team of researchers from MIT, Harvard University ...
Mon 13 Aug 12 from Gizmag
Earthworms creep along the ground by alternately squeezing and stretching muscles along the length of their bodies, inching forward with each wave of contractions. Snails and sea cucumbers also ...
Thu 9 Aug 12 from Phys.org
Designers continue to push the boundaries of what the robots of tomorrow will be capable of. We have ever more realistic humanoid robots, robots that can climb stairs, run, be pushed and don’t ...
Wed 15 Aug 12 from Geek.com
Meshbot Meshbot is inspired by earthworms. MIT News via YouTube Soft, bendy robots could have a wide variety of benefits, from squishing into tight spaces to conduct surveillance, to crawling ...
Mon 13 Aug 12 from Popular Science
A robot with a form based on worms can squeeze into small spaces -- and survive a hammer.
Fri 10 Aug 12 from Discovery.com
Dubbed the "Meshworm," a new bio-inspired robot stretches and contracts to crawl across the ground like an earthworm.
Fri 10 Aug 12 from Livescience
When you think of a hi-tech super spy able to crawl undetected into any space, the earthworm may not be the first image that springs to mind.
Fri 10 Aug 12 from Daily Mail
MIT's created a robot that crawls along the ground like an earthworm by contracting and expanding segments of its body. read more
Fri 10 Aug 12 from TG Daily
We've seen a number of options for controlling real worms, but never a worm robot, until now. Enter Meshworm, the latest creation from researchers at MIT, Harvard University and Seoul National ...
Fri 10 Aug 12 from Engadget
Earthworm Jim would be proud of his mechanical kin – the Meshworm robot that is the brainchild of scientists over at the MIT. Just take a look at the video above of the Meshworm ...
Fri 10 Aug 12 from Ubergizmo