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Researchers scale up tiny actuator inspired by muscle

Nov. 12, 2020

Professor Franck Vernerey and ATLAS Assistant Professor Carson Bruns received $477,000 from the National Science Foundation to begin research on a new kind of biocompatible actuator that contracts and relaxes in only one dimension, like muscles.

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Highlights from ATLAS Research Showcase 2020

Nov. 3, 2020

If you missed the showcase or want to see some of the sessions you didn't attend, check out these video highlights.

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Pufferfish-inspired robot could improve drone safety

Oct. 20, 2020

Pufferbot is an aerial robot with an expandable protective structure that deploys to encircle the drone and prevent the drone's rotors from coming in contact with obstacles or people.

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RoomShift: A room-scale haptic and dynamic environment for VR applications

Sept. 30, 2020

RoomShift is a haptic and dynamic environment that could be used to support a variety of virtual reality (VR) experiences.

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Dynamic tattoos promise to warn wearers of health threats

Sept. 24, 2020

ATLAS Assistant Professor Carson Bruns discusses how nanotechnology can give tattoos biomedical applications. He discusses recently-published research on tattoos that alert an individual when their skin needs protection by employing ink that is only visible when exposed to UV light.

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PufferBot: A flying robot with an expandable body

Aug. 24, 2020

TechXplore writes about PufferBot, an actuated, expandable structure that can be used to fabricate shape-changing aerial robots.

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ATLAS graduate student assists Accenture Labs with development of self-cleaning textiles

July 24, 2020

Imagine a textile that cleaned itself, killing viruses and bacteria, and dissolving flecks of embedded organic material.

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Healthcare at Home

June 17, 2020

Mirela Alistar, assistant professor of computer science and the director of the ATLAS Institute’s Living Matter Lab, wants to make healthcare more personal with microfluidic biochips.

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ATLAS research helps define the future of human-computer interaction

May 1, 2020

At a time when the field of human-computer interaction is becoming more important than ever, ATLAS researchers are making substantial contributions, contributing nine papers and two workshops to CHI '20.

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Shapeshifting: The varied applications for bioplastics

April 26, 2020

In this short video, Fiona Bell, ATLAS CTD student and member of the Living Matter Lab, shares a class project she completed for Design Foundations where she made a variety of bioplastics for a range of different applications.

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