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H2 architects shrouds its 'hoa's house' in a ventilated stone screen to shelter the dwelling from the busy urban context. The post H2 architects designs its plant-filled hoa’s house with soft concrete geometries appeared first on designboom | architecture & design magazine.
Taking inspiration from the way sea cucumbers can strengthen their exterior when in danger, scientists in Germany have developed a novel wafer-thin paper material that can transition from firm to soft via an electrical switch. The researchers envisage a number of uses for their creation, including adaptive damping materials that harden when subjected to heavy loads.Continue ReadingCategory: Mater
Ordinarily, if you want to build a device that's highly electrically conductive, you have to use rigid metals. Now, however, scientists at Carnegie Mellon University have created a soft and flexible material that fits the bill.Continue ReadingCategory: Materials, ScienceTags: Hydrogels, Carnegie Mellon, Soft Robotics
the family of modular seating was designed with one word in mind: comfort. The post e-ggs applies soft, inviting curves to ‘botera’ modular seating collection appeared first on designboom | architecture & design magazine.
Although soft robotic graspers may be squishy on the outside, they usually still have hard, unyielding electronic components on the inside. A new and potentially more versatile bio-inspired grasping system, however, is 100 percent soft.Continue ReadingCategory: Robotics, TechnologyTags: American Chemical Society, Southeast University, Soft Robotics, Biomimicry
Soft-bodied robots move via pneumatic "muscles" that are selectively inflated or deflated. And while the muscles themselves may be soft and squishy, they're usually hooked up to hard, unwieldy pumps. A new pump, however, is both small and flexible.Continue ReadingCategory: Robotics, TechnologyTags: Soft Robotics, Pump, Artificial Muscles, University of Bristol
the continuous hempcrete surface transforms an overhead enclosure into a sculptural wall, into a vessel of mineral water. The post antony gibbon’s mineral spa imagines soft forms meandering through jungle context appeared first on designboom | architecture & design magazine.
Researchers at Northwestern University have developed a new soft robot that can walk at roughly the speed of a human, activated by light and magnetic fields. The robot can squeeze into tight spaces and pick up, carry and release objects on demand.Continue ReadingCategory: Robotics, TechnologyTags: Robot, Robots, Robotic, Soft Robotics, Northwestern University
While we have already heard about contact lenses that monitor medical conditions, such lenses are often made from non-traditional materials. A new one, however, is composed of the same hydrogel as regular store-bought contacts, potentially making it much more user-friendly.Continue ReadingCategory: Medical, ScienceTags: Contact Lenses, Diagnostic devices, Monitoring, Hydrogels
designed by lumio, teno is inspired by sounds of nature and kintsugi - the japanese art of piecing broken parts together. The post teno is a bowl-shaped bluetooth speaker that cracks open to reveal soft light appeared first on designboom | architecture & design magazine.


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