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    Light-Activated Robot Walks, Rolls, Transports Cargo

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    Researchers from Northwestern University developed a light-powered, life-like material that acts as a soft robot. It is capable of walking at human speed, picking up and transporting cargo to new locations, climbing hills, and even “break dancing,” as the researchers describe it, to release cargo in proper locations.

    The light-activated robot, which is approximately 1 cm in size, 90% water by weight, and that walks in the direction of an external rotating magnetic field, moves without the addition of complex hardware, hydraulics, or electric power. A chemical synthesis process programs the robot’s molecules, located in a hydrogel — where they can react to light. When exposed to light, the molecules become…

    Dec, 15 2020 |

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