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Life-like robots that can make decisions, adapt to their environment and learn, are one step closer to becoming reality, new research suggests.
Scientists at the University of Bristol have demonstrated a new way of embedding computation into soft robotic materials.
Advance - Possibilities - Monitoring - Pollution - Clean-up
This advance could create new robotic possibilities to environmental monitoring, pollution clean-up, drug delivery, prosthetic devices, wearable biosensing and self-healing composites.
One example is their concept for an entirely soft, autonomous gecko-shaped robot with an integrated soft matter computer control.
Concept - Matter - Computers - SMCs - Inspiration
The concept of soft matter computers (SMCs) takes inspiration from biology.
It aims to mimic the workings of the vascular system, where hormones such as adrenaline are released into the bloodstream and disperse throughout the body.
Responses - Parts - Body - Hormones - Receptor
Responses in particular parts of the body are triggered when the hormones are detected by a receptor.
Researchers from Bristol’s faculty of engineering demonstrated a new mechanism that enabled computation...
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