Besides their super-human strength and their ability to execute multiple tasks, robots can now have the ability to heal themselves. Roboticists around the world aims to use soft and flexible materials that can be used to grab delicate objects or for emergency purposes such as search and rescue missions. The problem is that a small scratch might destroy soft robots. Luckily, a new technique can now help soft robots heal themselves in the event that they experience physical damage. To prove this, a group of researchers from Free University Brussel (Vrije Universiteit Brussel) in Belgium have developed a way to help soft robots heal themselves. With the application of heat (around 80 degrees Celsius) the soft and flexible material can reassemble itself after experiencing physical damage. They made a device called a gripper, a robotic hand having an artificial muscle made out of the material which has the capability to grab delicate or fragile objects as well as "heal" itself after being punctured or sliced after applying heat to the material. The material used to make the robot is a jelly-like polymer and according to the lead researcher, Dr. Bram Vanderborght, the material has multiple strands that locks together when heat is present. When the robot is punctured or cut due to its soft and flexible nature, it can reorganize itself without leaving any weak points. Want to know more about this awesome technology? Then click and follow this Link!
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