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Ten features of shape resolution and shape-shifting mobile devices

By Damir Beciri
5 May 2013

shape-shifting-mobile-deviceResearchers at the University of Bristol have tested six variations of prototype mobile devices that can change shape on-demand. In addition to display and touch resolution, the researchers introduced the term ‘shape resolution’ and its ten features, to describe the resolution of an interactive device. The next time you discus about gadgetry with your friends,… »


Where art and technology meet – Kaleidogami and Kinetogami

By Damir Beciri
One Comment29 May 2012

ramani-kaleidogamiThe Japanese art of paper folding Origami (from ori meaning “folding”, and kami meaning “paper”) inspired researchers from Purdue University to develop a method they named Kaleidogami – computational algorithms and tools used to turn a single sheet of paper into precisely folded morphing mechanisms. They also devised a variation of Kaleidogami named Kinetogami –… »

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Harvard soft-bodied robots inspired by squid and starfish

By Damir Beciri
15 December 2011

soft-robotA research team from Harvard University developed an array of “soft” robots inspired by natural forms, such as squid and starfish, which are capable to perform very delicate operations or move where rigid robots might not. These abilities enable the robots to pick up a raw egg without breaking the shell, or aid in search… »


Mimosa biomimicry inspires new adaptive structures

By Rob Aid
2 Comments20 February 2011

mimosa-pudicaResearchers at University of Michigan (U-M) and Penn State University are studying how plants like the Mimosa can change shape, and they’re working to replicate the mechanisms with artificial cells. Currently, their artificial cells are palm-size and larger, but they’re trying to minify them by using microstructures and nanofibers to construct them. They’re also exploring… »