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Biological muscle

Researchers develop ´muscles´ for tiny robots


The University of Michigan researchers have shown how chains of self-assembling particles could serve as electrically activated muscles in the tiny machines.
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Researchers designed a new kind of Microbots which are similar to a grain of sand in terms of size. The most noteworthy thing of these microbots is that they can be gathered in a chain. These chains can function as an electrically activated muscle in human beings or any other robots.

The machines are called microbots and while you may think that something so tiny wouldn´t be all that useful, you´d be mistaken. Microbots could be a huge boon in areas, such as medicine and manufacturing. Yet they also face challenges when it comes to their creation, including the problem of actually building the microbots and then making them mobile.

That´s why scientists decided to see how they could actually cause the robots to move. In this case, the scientists showed that some gold plating and an alternating electric field can help oblong particles form chains that extend by roughly 36 percent when the electric field is on.

"What´s really important in the field of nanotechnology right now is not just assembling into structures, but assembling into structures that can change or shape-shift," said Sharon Glotzer, one of the researchers, in a news release.

The researchers used particles similar to those found in pain with diameters of about a hundredth the width of a strand of human hair. Then, they stretched the particles into football shapes and coated one side of each "football" with gold. The gilded halves attracted on another slightly in salty water, and left to their own devices, the particles formed short chains of overlapping pairs. When exposed to an electric field, the chains added new particles. But what was really interesting was the way that the chains stretched-like muscles.

While the force created by the fibers is about 1,000 times weaker than human muscle tissue, the fact that they work in the same way could potentially be enough for microbots.

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