Bio-robot Comes!


Researchers from the University of Illinois recently announced they have developed a micro robot driven by skeletal muscle cells. This robot is composed of biological and mechanical parts, controlled by electric current and driven to walk by muscle extension & contraction.

2012 年时,研究人员曾经用老鼠的心脏细胞研发出类似的生化机器人,不过心脏细胞收缩频率太高,微型机器人不太受控制。这次他们改用了比较活跃的人体的骨骼细胞,机器人的可控性较好。

In 2012, researchers developed a similar bio-robot with mouse’s cardiac cells but the cells contracted so frequently that the robot were not be well controlled. They used active skeletal muscle cells from human body in the new robot, bringing good controllability to the robot.


The researchers said they would continue the experiments of bio-robot, for example, testing the development of robot with other cells and researching how to control the movement direction of robot through different optical signals or chemical gradients.


Theoretically, this technology is very suitable for biochemical machines and the researchers are studying on how to use this technology to develop equipment for medical and environmental protection.

From: The 36Kr

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