VIDEO: Morphing metal shapes future of soft robotics

Media note: Find video of the metal-foam hybrid at   ITHACA, N.Y. – Imagine an aircraft that could alter its wing shape in midflight and, like a pelican, dive into the water before morphing into a submarine. Cornell University engineering professor Rob Shepherd and his group might help make that futuristic-sounding vehicle a reality. […]

Super elastic electroluminescent ‘skin’ will soon create mood robots

Media note: View and download pictures and video of the electroluminescent ‘skin’ at ITHACA, N.Y. – Imagine a health care robot that could display the patient’s temperature and pulse, and even reacts to a patient’s mood. It sounds futuristic, but a team of Cornell graduate students – led by Rob Shepherd, assistant professor of […]

Video: 3D-printed ‘soft’ robotic tentacle displays new level of agility

Media note: Video available on YouTube  Additional photos and study PDF:,   ITHACA, N.Y. – Cornell University engineers have developed a method to re-create the arrangement of muscles of an octopus tentacle, using an elastomer and 3D printer. The research was groundbreaking since until now, 3D printing methods could not directly print a soft […]

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 […]