A biological robot that incorporates mouse muscles and moves with light is developed
A design method has been devised that allows mouse muscle tissue cultured in the laboratory to be incorporated into a robot and moved by remote control. It can be moved in any direction, and has evolved to the 'fastest ever' speed among many similar studies.
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This biohybrid robot walks using lab-grown mouse muscles
A biohybrid robot developed by a research team led by Yong-duk Kim at the University of Illinois is a robot that can be built by combining three main parts: mouse muscle cells, a scaffold used for cell culture, and a wireless LED control chip. .
The muscle tissue built into the robot is stimulated by the light emitted from the LED chip and contracts. Then, the scaffold connected to the muscle tissue is distorted and the robot starts to move. It seems that it can move in any direction.
You can see how it actually works in the video below.
Remote control electronic biobots-YouTube
The design of this time is an innovation of existing technology, and the speed at which the robot moves is the fastest ever. 'The structure had to be redesigned so that the different parts work well together,' said study co-author Mattia Gazzola. This new study will be the starting point for future research.'
Researchers say that their future goal is to cultivate neurons and incorporate them into the system so that the robot can perform calculations by itself and operate by itself.