* denotes 2023 Innovation Award Winner
Programmable MatterProgrammable matter is an intelligent "omni-material" that changes its properties on command. A microrobotic swarm was developed with high-strength connection and data-efficient communication capabilities. Applications include manipulation of vehicle bodies, self-tuning radio antennas, centralized automation, and the coveted universal tool: a hammer that turns into a wrench and so on.
IoT enabled Remote-Controlled Concrete SkipNew technologies have been applied to enable the use of radio frequency to control concrete skip discharging gates. The system includes input ports, allowing for additional IoT devices to be integrated for safe and improved control of the concrete discharge process.
Shape and stiffness tunable composites for adaptive structuresWe build complex composites out of thin film springs, and reversibly “turn off” the cuts to create stiffness and shape tunable materials for adaptive structures, camouflage and thermal management purposes.