Researchers from Stanford University have developed a growing robot that moves more like an organic vine than a mechanical device.
The robot takes the form of a tube, made from a flexible material that is folded inside of itself. As the robot navigates its environment by growing, air is pumped into one end of the tube to create motion. The result is a robot that looks and moves hardly anything like robots most people have become accustomed to seeing.
Some of the potential applications for this growing robot include search and rescue missions, as well as medical procedures. The team is also exploring the potential for other materials and processes to be used for the making of the robot, such as Kevlar and 3D printing.
Organic Vine-Like Robots
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