Our paper,“An Ultralightweight and Living Legged Robot” , is featured as a high-impact article and it is now open access for 30 days in Soft Robotics

The paper is featured as a high-impact article and it is now open access for 30 days in Soft Robotics. You can download the paper via this link http://bit.ly/2FVwlBA Abstract “In this study, we describe the most ultralightweight living legged robot to date that makes it a strong candidate for a search and rescue mission.…

Desmond’s work on “Compressing Enzyme, Mediator and Carbon Support through Centrifugation for Biofuel Cell” is selected as cover for Chem. Eur. J.

“In this study, the fabrication of a graphene-based bioanode utilizing ferrocenemethanol as mediator and glucose oxidase as enzyme catalyst through centrifugation was demonstrated. The enhanced in catalytic activity for glucose oxidation was achieved via centrifuge compressing respective components within the mixture. The glucose/O2 biofuel cell (GBFC) was assembled by having the bioanode integrated with Pt…

Zhan Jing’s work on reduced-graphene-oxide (rGO) coating is feature as front cover on Chemical Communications

“Enhancement of electroless deposition using reduced-graphene-oxide (rGO) coating for a conductive surface on the non-conductive substrate is proposed and demonstrated. We confirmed that the rGO treatment enhanced the Pd catalytic activity and achieved a sufficient rate in electroless deposition with extremely low Pd loading (3.94 × 10−2 μg cm−2).” DOI: 10.1039/C7CC03773B

Li Yao’s work on the role of outstretched fore legs of flying beetles is now available on Journal of Experimental Biology

“In flight, many insects fold their forelegs tightly close to the body, which naturally decreases drag or air resistance. However, flying beetles stretch out their forelegs for some reason. Why do they adopt this posture in flight? Here, we show the role of the stretched forelegs in beetle Mecynorrhina torquata flight. Using leg motion tracking…

Our remotely controlled insect-computer hybrid legged robot will be presented at Transducers conference 2017 (18 – 22 June)

We demonstrated the remote walking control of a live beetle (Mecynorrhina torquata) by using a miniature muscle stimulation system with wireless communication capability. The wireless backpack consisted of eight muscle stimulation channels and was programmed to elicit the leg motions in different predefined sequences. With regard to the strategies adopted by voluntary walking insects to…

Cao Feng’ s Cyborg Beetle Legged Robot on the cover of Journal of the Royal Society Interface

“An insect–computer hybrid robot was demonstrated to perform walking under user’s control. Individual leg muscles were electrically stimulated via implanted electrodes under preprogrammed sequences. By altering stimulation parameters, the user can control the step frequency and walking speed, and demonstrate diff erent walking gaits. In the future, cyborg insects would help and assist rescue and…