Agile Robot Can Climb Inside Jet Engines

Design News | February 01, 2019

Researchers at Harvard University have used inspiration from the Japanese paper art of origami, among other things, to develop a robot that can climb on various surfaces that are difficult for humans to traverse, making the machine well-suited for use in aerospace and other applications.
Harvard University’s Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering and John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS) are at the forefront of current robotics work. The latest invention from researchers at the facilities-a micro-robot called HAMR-E with electro-adhesive foot pads, origami ankle joints, and a specifically-engineered walking gait-shows this innovation.

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Despite our enthusiasm for Moxy the nurse-assisting robot, our medical expert investing partner alerts us to serious concerns about getting the robot into hospitals. Chris, Jordan, and Dave conduct due diligence on Diligent Robotics, maker of the Moxy nursing assistant robot.

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Trimble | September 22, 2022

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White Cap Expands Northwest Region with Acquisition of Valley Supply Company

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