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  • Aug 28, 2015

    Video Friday: Mini Surgical Robot, Precision Drones, and Bioinspired Robotics at Harvard news


    VIDEO: The Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) shares a video from the Wyss Institute, "Bioinspired Robotics: Softer, Smarter, Safer," as part of Video Friday. 

  • Aug 1, 2015

    Inspired by Nature news

    The Scientist
    The Scientist discusses how bioinspired solutions to biomedical problems - such as the spleen-mimicking device that Wyss Founding Director Don Ingber and his team have developed to treat sepsis - are approaching a tipping point where they will begin to have real world impact...

  • Jul 28, 2015

    Organs-on-a-Chip Shake Up Drug Testing news


    Bloomberg Business
    VIDEO: Bloomberg Business interviews Wyss Founding Director Don Ingber about the award-winning organs-on-chips. Learn about how organs-on-chips are built, how they work, and how researchers are working towards building a human body-on-a-chip...

  • Jul 22, 2015

    Why this Boston startup wants to mine your vital signs news

    Boston Business Journal
    Technology developed out of Harvard's Wyss Institute that collects and stores vital signs at the patient's bedside may soon be available in hospitals, with a new startup licensing and commercializing the technology...

  • Jul 22, 2015

    Can A Thousand Tiny Swarming Robots Outsmart Nature? news

    The Kid Should See This
    VIDEO: The Kid Should See This features Kilobots, small individual robots developed by Wyss Institute Core Faculty member Radhika Nagpal, that swarm together, thereby demonstrating collective behavior which can be seen in Nature by…

  • Jul 21, 2015

    Bouncing Bots news

    3D printed robot

    Scientific American
    Video: Frogs can jump without harm because they are a combination of hard bones and soft tissues. Robots—not so much. Until this one hopped off the 3-D printer. Watch now.

  • Jul 18, 2015

    Learning to Engineer a Better Brisket news

    soft robotic glove

    The New York Times
    The New York Times describes an innovative class project at Harvard led by Wyss Core Faculty member Kit Parker. Students were assigned the task of creating a technologically sophisticated barbecue smoker that could outperform the best product on the market and be sold for less than $1,500...

  • Jul 16, 2015

    The Exoskeletons Are Coming news


    MIT Technology Review
    MIT Technology Review describes a growing number of exoskeletons becoming available commercially and being developed, including exoskeletons currently being developed by Wyss Founding Core Faculty members Conor Walsh and Robert Wood using novel materials and methods of assisting a wearer’s motion...

  • Jul 15, 2015

    Making fuel out of sunlight and a ‘bucket of bacteria’ news

    bionic leaf

    Digital Journal
    Digital Journal describes how a "bionic leaf" developed by Wyss Institute Core Faculty member Pam Silver and Harvard Medical School colleagues Daniel Nocera and Joseph Torella uses bacteria to convert solar energy into the liquid fuel isopropanol...

  • Jul 14, 2015

    Harvard’s 3D Printed Soft Robot Jumps Up and Gets Down with Greater Efficiency news

    3D printed robot

    3D Printing Industry
    As 3D printing technologies advance, so will the robots and a, seemingly, very basic “soft robot”, created by Harvard Engineers, may be the clearest representation of that trend...

  • Jul 12, 2015

    Great progress being made in Harvard’s seven NFL studies news

    Boston Globe
    The Boston Globe highlights progress in studies to prevent injuries on the football field from researchers at Harvard University, including a protective knee brace constructed from soft materials developed by Wyss Institute Core Faculty member Conor Walsh and his team...

  • Jul 10, 2015

    New Hybrid Robot Has Soft 'Skin' But Hard 'Guts' news

    3D printed robot

    Live Science
    Live Science describes a 3D-printed bot developed by a team including Rob Wood and James Weaver that could one day come in handy in harsh environments too dangerous for humans...

  • Jul 10, 2015

    Upset Stomach? One Day You Could Take Bioengineered Bacteria For That news

    Fast Company
    Fast Company describes how Wyss Core Faculty member Pam Silver and Wyss Senior Staff Scientist Jeffrey Way aim to fight gastrointestinal illness by developing genetically engineered bacteria designed to sense, report and combat harmful microbial invaders... 

  • Jul 9, 2015

    3-D–printed body helps jumping robot land on its feet news

    3D printed robot

    Science News
    A soft-and-stiff body puts a spring in a new jumping robot’s step. The body, made from a rubbery-to-rigid gradient of plastic, helps the bot bounce high and stick its landings, while offering mechanical bits a supportive base, researchers report in the July 10 Science...

  • Jul 9, 2015

    Take A Leap! This 3D-Printed Frog-Like Robot Can Jump Without Damaging Itself news

    3D printed robot

    Tech Times
    A froglike robot capable of jumping has been designed by researchers at Harvard University. This soft-bodied device is capable of squeezing through tiny spaces, which could allow similar vehicles to explore disaster areas...

  • Jul 9, 2015

    Video: A robot that hops like a frog news

    3D printed robot

    Science Magazine
    We’ve got robots that look like people—now we have one that looks like a frog. Or at least hops like one. Using 3D printers, roboticists have designed a three-legged mechanical critter with a squishy exterior and a rigid interior that is more durable, safe, and adaptable than the strictly rigid variety. Watch now

  • Jul 9, 2015

    We have lift off! 3D-printed robot jumps six times its height news

    3D printed robot

    New Scientist
    Engineers at Harvard University have printed a bot that can leap about six times its own height. The secret to its success? It’s made from a combination of soft and rigid parts. Soft robots are more adaptable, safer, and more resilient than stiff metal machines, say the researchers, led by Robert Wood...

  • Jul 9, 2015

    3D Printer and Robot: Soft Body, Hard Core news

    3D printed robot

    Nature World News
    A new, 3D-printed robot has both soft and rigid body parts modeled on animal and insect designs. A team of Harvard scientists reported recently in the journal Science about their invention, which can jump without injury and is easily handled by humans...

  • Jul 9, 2015

    Nearly Unbreakable Soft Robot Ignites Explosions to Jump news

    3D printed robot

    Popular Mechanics
    Popular Mechanics describes the unveiling of a soft, jumping robot 3D-printed with a blend of soft and hard materials by a team including Rob Wood and James Weaver...

  • Jul 9, 2015

    3D-Printed Explosive Jumping Robot Combines Firm and Squishy Parts news

    IEEE Spectrum
    A team of Wyss Institute researchers, in collaboration with UCSD researchers, has created a robot that can jump and land upright. It was built by using a multimaterial 3D printer that allows them to fabricate the robot with the optimal combination of soft and rigid structures...

  • Jul 9, 2015

    Fire-powered 3-D printed robot can jump like a frog news

    jumping robot

    BetaBoston describes an advance in robotics manufacturing by a team including Rob Wood and James Weaver that used a gradient of hard and soft materials to 3D print an autonomous jumping robot...

  • Jul 6, 2015

    Watch a living wearable be 3D printed news


    Wired UK
    Described on Wired UK, a 3D printed living wearable developed with help from Wyss Institute Core Faculty member Pam Silver and Staff Scientist James Weaver could potentially generate drugs, fuel and food when exposed to sunlight...

  • Jul 4, 2015

    Organ-On-Chip Could Revolutionize Drug Testing news

    Newsweek describes the Wyss Institute's award-winning organs-on-chips. The Institute's goal is to create 10 different organ systems that can be joined together by blood vessel channels to simulate human physiology on a microscale and provide a cheaper, more reliable way to test new drugs...

  • Jul 4, 2015

    How 16 Harvard students built the ultimate BBQ bot news

    BBQ Smoker

    A team of Harvard students led by Wyss Core Faculty member Kevin Kit Parker have built the ultimate BBQ smoker for his class, Engineering Problem Solving and Design...

  • Jul 1, 2015

    Transplanting circadian rhythms from one organism to another news

    Boston Globe
    The Boston Globe reports that a team led by Wyss Institute Core Faculty member Pamela Silver has transplanted circadian rhythms from cyanobacteria to E. coli...

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