Robot Software from Harvard for Difficult Operations
Thanks to the numerous works of science fiction, we envision more human-like robot as a machine made of metal. Modern robots now, of course not the same as the shadow of a fictitious, but the attempt to imitate a human or a human organ is still quite a lot. Almost entirely mechanical machines with rigid motion.
Harvard University researcher, George M Whitesides, have another image: a robot which is similar to the squid. Together
with his research team members, Whitesides who worked as a professor at
Harvard has developed a "soft robot" based on the form of soft-bodied
animals like squid and starfish. His work is described in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS).
research was funded by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency
(DARPA), U.S. Department of Defense agency which administers the
imagine this robot will be able to move on the sidelines of the
earthquake rubble to search for victims, or help a surgeon in the
operating room. Mode of use is of course different from the robot that works in a car factory, which takes inspiration from the human arm.
With this robot Whitesides trying to take inspiration from a variety of other living species. "Why we can not do things like squid?" Whitesides said, as quoted by the Harvard Gazette.
Soft robots developed by Whitesides has unique capabilities that no other robots. This robot can perform difficult operations such as picking up an egg without breaking its shell. But this is only the beginning.
researchers have also been able to draft a mempu moving and crawling on
the sidelines of a gap measuring just two centimeters.
Flexibility is extremely important in search and rescue operations (search and rescue). Various
sensors such as cameras and sensors can be mounted on a robotic clam to
assess the damage, looking for survivors, or measure the radiation.
This robot can move in the collapse of an unstable building without endangering the safety of search and rescue personnel.
Because supple and flexible, this robot will also be useful to help surgeons in the operating room. This
robot will be able to act as an extra hand of a surgeon, holding the
instrument and to maintain and protect the sensitive tissue slices from
Manufacture of soft robot is relatively easy and inexpensive. Whitesides and his colleagues use the printer prints formed by three-dimensional (3D printer). This mold will form various types of silicon are selected based on the needs flexibility.
According Whiteshides like this robot can be constructed in just a few hours. Because the price is relatively inexpensive robot like this could also be used for single-use only.
The robot is constructed today are made of soft material such as silicon and plastic.
this robot will be expected to be formed from a material that is
tougher to make it more resistant to the use in the field. Other development efforts is to create a robot in a size larger or smaller, and developed a robot control system is better. (* / Business)
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