Scientists have created a liquid metal robot that, like the T-1000 Terminator, can take any shape
Back to news In fact, one of the examples of demonstration of the capabilities of a liquid robot seems to be borrowed from a movie: a Lego man created from a new material leaves the cage, seeping through a hole in it.
Soft robots are not new for science and industry, but they have a minus: the material is very malleable, as a result, such robots are inferior in speed, movement accuracy and strength to conventional solid ones. But an international team of engineers has developed a material based on gallium, which, if not revolutionary, can at least bring the performance of soft robots closer to conventional ones.
Scientists added tiny magnetized microparticles to gallium, the material was called “magnetically active phase transition matter.” It combines mechanical strength, structure flexibility and high (for soft robots) movement speed. Finally, excellent “morphological adaptability in the liquid phase” is noted. This means that in a liquid state, the robot can split into parts, and then merge again, change shape as you like. The shape and movement of the device is controlled by a magnetic field.
were able to make robots solder chains, form a universal screw, overcome obstacle courses, and extract objects from a dummy stomach. Actually, it is biomedicine that the developers see as the main scope of the liquid metal robot. But not in its current state, but in subsequent versions that will be ready for commercial use.