When we think of a robot do it on a machine with firm and sturdy structure. However, there are many who try to make alternative creations. Now a team has achieved with Octobot, which is first autonomous and flexible robot.
Robert Wood and Jennifer A. Lewis is two engineering professors belonging to Wyss Engineering Institute of Harvard and who are behind Octobot, which has the peculiarity that does not have any rigid part, ie it is a soft robot.
For its creators this detail is not unimportant, but it could completely change the way we interact with these devices. For them, besides, this first design lays the groundwork for others in the future are more complex.
When creating this flexible robot designers have relied on octopuses, because they are animals that move with great agility and have great strength, despite not having a skeleton to support them.
How it works Octobot
Octobot is made of rubber and operate using an internal chemical reaction converting getting a minimum amount of hydrogen peroxide in a large amount of gas. Their leaders explain the importance of this achievement:
Fuel sources for flexible robots have always gone through some kind of rigid component. The wonder of hydrogen peroxide is a simple chemical reaction with a catalyst, platinum, it allows us to replace rigid power sources.
Another of the advantages of this soft robot is its speed when being manufactured, as it mixes three formulas: soft lithography, modeling and 3D printing.
As mentioned this is a system with a simple design that is intended to evolve into more advanced, in fact hope that in future successors Octobot can swim, crawl or interact with others.
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