by Analytics Insight
Apr 9, 2022
A robot made of magnetic slime with a custard-like consistency can navigate narrow passages, grab objects and repair broken circuits. It can be deployed in the body to perform tasks such as retrieving accidentally swallowed objects.
Elastic robots that can manipulate objects and fluid-based robots that can navigate through tight spaces both already exist, but robots that combine both properties are less common.
In a rare incident, scientists have created magnetic slime with the aim of saving human lives. A video of the same was shared on TikTok by Dr. Karan Raj and it has now gone viral. In the video, he explains how this slime can save lives. The slime was created by Professor Li Zhang and her colleagues at the Chinese University of Hong Kong and contains magnetic particles.
However, a freaky breakout video shows a soft-bodied robot pulling wires together, enveloping objects like “The Blob”, navigating passageways as narrow as 1.5mm, and even clumping together after being chopped apart, and behaving like mercury from a broken thermometer.
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