• Soft Robotics Entrepreneurs & Academics: 2016 Robotics Trends. December 14th.

    Please join us for Entrepreneurs & Academics: 2016 Soft Robotics Trends. We have a truly exciting opportunity to hear from some of the leading robotics experts working on trends impacting soft robotics, including these cutting edge technologies shaping up to be very relevant in 2016: Modular Robotics. Modular Robotics are an extremely promising but early stage field, where massive groups of autonomous mini-robots self-assemble to build complex compound robots. Cornell University’s Sibley School of Engineering is working to optimize the easily apparent commercial, military and medical applications. Speaker: Jonathan Daudelin, Cornell University Sibley School of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering NASA’s Mission to Mars – Soft Robotic Components. As part of its Mission to Mars, NASA is developing a mechanical counter-pressure glove system using soft robotics technology. Speaker: Matthew Borgatti, Lead Scientist, SuperReleaser Manipulating Deformable Objects. We will learn how Columbia University Robotics is using predictive simulation and trajectory optimization to manipulate soft objects, allowing robots to enter fields previously thought impossible to automate. Speaker: Professor Peter Allen, Columbia University Robotics Group, Department of Computer Science Panel Moderated by: • Simone Braunstein, CEO and Founder, Paradox Robotics, and Founder of the Soft Robotics Technology Group Meetup. ...And more information to come! RSVP: http://www.meetup.com/Soft-Robotics/events/222299065/ Location: Dentons is at 1221 Avenue of the Americas, 24th Floor (on the north side of 48thstreet, to the west of Ave of the Americas). Proceed to the Tribeca Conference Room. PLEASE REMEMBER TO BRING PHOTO ID MATCHING THE FIRST AND LAST NAME IN YOUR RSVP FOR THE LOBBY SECURITY DESK.

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  • Soft Robotics, Inc. and Expert Panel on Soft Robotics Modeling & Simulation

    We have several leading experts in Soft Robotics presenting cutting edge technology and business insights at our upcoming Meetup: First, Joshua Lessing, PhD, Director of Research and Development at Soft Robotics, Inc., will give us an overview of the company, based upon foundational technology developed by the Whitesides Research Group at Harvard University. Soft Robotics, Inc. provides solutions for the advanced manufacturing and warehouse automation market. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C-VtgNFbQjc Soft Robotics, Inc. (http://softroboticsinc.com/) is a start-up focused on addressing the unmet needs of robotic manipulation through its proprietary and novel technology. The company is focused on reducing the complexity, expanding the adaptability, and disrupting the cost of robotic manipulation systems. The company won Honorable mention at the most recent RoboBusiness Pitchfire competition. Second, a panel of leading experts will discuss Soft Robotics Modeling and Simulation, including: • Jonathan Hiller, PhD, author and maintainer of open source VoxCAD (http://www.voxcad.com/) and the underlying voxel physics engine (Voxelyze) • Matthew Borgatti, the founder of Super-Releaser (http://superreleaser.com/) , a soft robotics company • Paul Grossinger, a New York entrepreneur, angel investor, and early-stage venture capitalist. Panel Moderator: Simone Braunstein, CEO Stone Brook Robotics, LLC. Bios of our Presenters: Joshua Lessing, PhD, Director of Research and Development at Soft Robotics, Inc. joined the company as its first employee after working as a postdoctoral fellow in the laboratory of Professor Whitesides at Harvard University. As the Director of Research and Development at SRI, Josh is responsible for the design and fabrication of a fundamentally new class of chemically inspired robotic actuators. He holds a Sc.B. in Chemistry from Brown University and a Ph.D. in Physical Chemistry from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. His unique perspective on robotics has allowed for the creation of soft and adaptive robotic actuators through a novel combination of materials and fabrication methods. Jonathan Hiller, PhD, is the author and maintainer of open source VoxCAD (http://www.voxcad.com/) and the underlying voxel physics engine (Voxelyze). VoxCAD encourages casual intuitive play while being scientifically useful for quantitative simulation of multi-material soft structures. VoxCAD has been used at NASA, Cornell University, and Columbia University for designing and simulating soft robots, multi-material composites modeling, and bio-inspired architectural design. In addition, Jonathan is currently the Director of Engineering at Modular Robotics (http://www.modrobotics.com/) . Modular Robotics makes robotic building kits including Cubelets (http://www.modrobotics.com/cubelets/) that can change how a generation of kids learns about complexity and the world. Matthew Borgatti is the founder of Super-Releaser (http://superreleaser.com/) , a soft robotics company dedicated to bringing human compatible robots out of the lab by making their design and manufacture cheap and simple. Super-Releaser is currently developing medical device prototypes, collaborating with universities offering soft robotics manufacturing expertise, and hacking away at the core technologies involved in making better robots. Matthew Borgatti got his start in prototyping in the film industry, making animatronic props for movies including Snakes on a Plane and Aliens Vs Predator 2. He combined the techniques he learned casting lifelike monsters in silicone with CAD and materials science learned earning an industrial design degree at RISD. His latest experiments include robotic elbow bands for rehabilitating stroke victims and methods for mass manufacturing injection molded robots. Paul Grossinger is a New York entrepreneur, angel investor, and early-stage venture capitalist. He is the co-founder of Pervasive Group, director of the investing syndicates Gaingels and Blue Jay, and an angel investor in 38 startups and 5 venture capital firms. We look forward to seeing our Meetup members and guests at this upcoming event! Thank you to Roman Tsibulevskiy and Joel Bock at Dentons US LLP for generously hosting our Meetup.

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  • Soft Robotics Hands-On Demonstration – Limited Space Available

    Soft Robotics Technology Group Meetup at NYC Resistor. Please join us as at NYC Resistor as well-known soft roboticist Matthew Borgatti conducts a hands-on demonstration in soft robotics for the members of the Soft Robotics Technology Group Meetup. Matthew Borgatti is the founder of Super-Releaser, a soft robotics company dedicated to bringing human compatible robots out of the lab by making their design and manufacture cheap and simple. Super-Releaser is currently developing medical device prototypes, collaborating with universities offering soft robotics manufacturing expertise, and hacking away at the core technologies involved in making better robots. Super-Releaser Soft Robotics Project Profiles (http://superreleaser.com/project-profiles/) Matthew Borgatti got his start in prototyping in the film industry, making animatronic props for movies including Snakes on a Plane and Aliens Vs Predator 2. He combined the techniques he learned casting lifelike monsters in silicone with CAD and materials science learned earning an industrial design degree at RISD. His latest experiments include robotic elbow bands for rehabilitating stroke victims and methods for mass manufacturing injection molded robots. Matthew Borgatti, Founder of Super-Releaser We are very excited to be offering Soft Robotics Technology Group Meetup members a chance to visit NYC Resistor. NYC Resistor is an invite-only hacker collective with a shared space located in Boerum Hill, Brooklyn. NYC Resistor (http://www.nycresistor.com/) To cover the cost of this hands-on demonstration at NYC Resistor, there will be a $10 charge per attendee. Limited space is available. We hope to see you there!

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  • Soft Robotics Meetup January 12th 6:30pm

    Dentons

    We have a great agenda planned, with: • (1) a presentation from Dr. Carmel Majidi from Carnegie Mellon's Soft Machines lab, • (2) an introduction of the Soft Robotics Toolkit, and • (3) Meetup Member topics Details: (1) We are pleased to welcome comments by Carnegie Mellon's Dr. Carmel Majidi for our next meetup on Monday January 12th. Please join us as we hear from him, and discuss other current academic and entrepreneurial advances in this exciting new field. Dr. Majidi's group at Carnegie Mellon conducts groundbreaking academic soft robotics research, and also served as a resource for Disney in the development of Big Hero 6. See IEEE's video on Disney's use of Carnegie Mellon's soft robotics research here: IEEE videos on Big Hero 6 R&D, featuring Dr. Majidi (http://spectrum.ieee.org/automaton/robotics/robotics-hardware/video-friday-real-big-hero-robots-3d-chappie-trailer). Here is an example of a soft robotics arm developed by Carnegie Mellon's Soft Machine's lab: For more information, please visit Dr. Majidi's Carnegie Mellon web page. (http://www.cmu.edu/me/people/majidi.html) (2) Introduction of the Soft Robotics Toolkit. The Soft Robotics Toolkit has recently been launched by a collection of institutes associated with Harvard University. It is a free open source toolkit, including software and hardware recommendations, as well as instructions, for making your own soft robot. It is targeted at educators, researchers, makers and engineers as well as hobbyists. Their website announces a new soft robotics competition: “The Soft Robotics Design Competition 2015 rewards individuals and teams that create new and interesting projects using material they can find on the toolkit website. The 2015 Prize for Contributions in Soft Robotics rewards academic researchers for sharing their work and advancing the field. The competitions include $10,000 in prizes!” I will be reviewing the software and hardware included in this toolkit, and will bring an example of some of the hardware (beta version). http://softroboticsto... (http://softroboticstoolkit.com/)­ (3) Meetup Member topics. Message me via Meetup if you would like to present a topic of interest. Hope to see you there!

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  • Soft Robotics Tech Group- Intro Meeting

    Dentons

    At our intro meeting we will review recently announced soft robotics technology, such as: Cornell Engineering Soft Robotics (http://www.mae.cornell.edu/research/groups/shepherd/csoft-machines-cfm.cfm) Cornell Engineering-launched Soft Robotics Company - Empire Robotics (http://www.engineering.cornell.edu/news/magazine/spring2011/News/gripper.cfm) Harvard School of Engineering and Applied Science - Autonomous Soft Robot (http://www.seas.harvard.edu/news/2014/09/soft-robot-survives-fire-and-ice) Otherlab Rideable Inflatable Soft Robot Anteater (http://www.popsci.com.au/robots/video-trucksized-inflatable-anteater-bot-traipses-through-water-and-grass,376665) Members and makers are very welcome to bring their own technology and share knowledge and ask questions of other members.

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