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Soft robotics is a quickly emerging field that takes a lot of inspiration from marine creatures like squids and starfish. A light-controlled hydrogel was recently developed that could be used for control of these new robotic devices, but now researchers at North Carolina State University are taking the development of soft robotic devices to a new level with electrically-charged hydrogels.

The “ionoprinting” technique, as the team has dubbed it, uses a copper electrode to inject positively-charged copper ions into a hydrogel material (a highly absorbent polymer material that is nearly 99.9 percent water). The copper ions bond with negatively charged ions n the hydrogel’s polymer network, creating a more robust and mechanically stiffer structure.

Applying an electrical current then causes the hydrogel to flex. Although electrical fields have been used to actuate hydrogel materials before, this is the first time that electromechanically active electrodes have been used to drive the motion. Also, this is the first time that the binding of ions has been used to create a more rigid hydrogel network in this way.

As well as being able to fold hydrogels significant distances within seconds, the technology allows the application of modest voltages to locally tune the mechanical properties of hydrogels to create physically-reinforcing exoskeletons. The copper ions can be injected into specific sections of the hydrogel material for more precise movement, with the resulting pattern of ions stable in water for a period of months. The more ions that are injected, the greater the hydrogel’s bending capabilities.

“We are currently planning to use this technique to develop motile, biologically compatible microdevices,” says Dr. Orlin Velev, INVISTA Professor of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering at NC State.

This gives the technique potential in not only soft robotics, but also many other biomedical applications. Artificial muscles, enviro-intelligent sensors, actuators, biomimetic microbots, micropatterned thin films, cell scaffolds and drug-delivery are just some of the other potential applications for the technology according to the researchers.

The team’s paper is published in the journal Nature Communications.

The video below shows the ionoprinting process and hydrogels in action.

Source: North Carolina State University

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The Unsexpected Story is now available in all digital formats including iBooks, Nook and Kindle. If you haven’t yet purchased your own copy now is the time to do so, Amazon is now offering the Kindle Edition for only $7.95!!

The Unsexpected Story is one of very few books written about the business side of the adult entertainment industry and features in-depth interviews with Peter Acworth, Joanna Angel, Greg Clayman, Scott Coffman, Susan Colvin, jessica drake, Larry Flynt, Teresa Flynt, Steve Hirsch, Ethan Imboden, Sunny Leone, Christian Mann, Nick Manning, Steve Orenstein, Theo Sapoutzis, Lou Sirkin, John Stagliano, Bobbi Starr, Allison Vivas and many, many more.

Engaging, conversational, and smart, The Unsexpected Story goes where other industry tell-alls don’t, tracing the economic and technological lifespan of the vast adult entertainment industry through the personal experiences of the individuals who have made a lasting impression on this forever green, multi-billion dollar empire.

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Last Saturday, the Sundance Film Festival took a delightful bruising when it debuted Christina Voros’ (127 Hours, The Broken Tower) documentary, Kink.  This film explores the daily ins and outs of premiere BDSM porn studio Kink.com, a subject that Kink’s producer, James Franco (Spider-man, Pineapple Express), found fascinating while touring the 200,000 square foot San Francisco studio during a shoot for another project, About Cherry.

Founded in 1997 by Columbia University alumni Peter Acworth, Kink.com is the alternative pornography site, its wide umbrella encompassing sites such as FuckingMachines.com, Hogtied.com, and PublicDisgrace.com as well as hitting the alternative gay male demographic with MenOnEdge.com and BoundGods.com.

Acworth has devoted his adult life to bringing alternative pornography to the mainstream, not just to fill an already established need, but to help educate those still exploring their sexuality.  Constantly expanding and exploring new directions, the Kink.com brand he created is an excellent representative of the alternative adult industry not only due to its longevity and integrity, but also due to its vision and sense of community.

Bringing the talents of Franco and Voros together to create a film about such an industry giant might finally allow the rest of the world to banish their illusions of not just the alternative porn community, but the adult industry in general.  We have high hopes that this film, as well as the two other adult industry-related films showing at Sundance, Leatherbar and Lovelace, will topple some of the longstanding walls between mainstream viewers and filmmakers and the adult industry.

Read the Sundance Review of Kink here

Learn more about Kink.com and Peter Acworth in The Unsexpected Story

 

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So Roxxxy isn’t the most attractive robot I have seen, however she is a clear sign that the progress of sexual robotic technology is striving ahead. TrueCompanion is the company that engineered and sells Roxy (and Rocky), however their website seems to lack the pizzazz of what I would expect from a state-of-the-art technology company.

Here is a link to a video that was shot at the 2010 AEE show. If for nothing more than to set a base line for where and when it all began, this is where this industry is heading.

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After a career of attending literally hundreds of conventions, seminars, and conferences, I can honestly say that there has been nothing I have found that compares to the Internext experience.  Anyone who has attended Internext knows exactly what I am talking about.

Like a proud father who has seen their kids off to adulthood, I can now sit back and reflect on the early years of what became one of the greatest tradeshows ever to exist. For over a decade I have set aside bits and pieces of Internext history and am looking forward to using this blog as a way to take a visual road trip back to a time that changed porn forever.

 

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