EU project creates robotic hands that can sense and fix damage without human intervention
From picking fruit to carrying out minor surgery, soft robotic hands made from jelly-like plastic are thought by scientists to be the future solution to many human needs.
A European commission-funded project, led by scientists at the Free University of Brussels and the University of Cambridge, aims to create self-healing robots that can feel pain, or sense damage, before swiftly patching themselves up without human intervention.
The researchers have already successfully developed polymers that can heal themselves by creating new bonds after about 40 minutes.
The next step will be to embedsensor fibres in the polymer which can detect where the damage is located.
The end goal is to make the healing automated, avoiding the current need for heat to activate the system, through the touch of a human hand.
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