Aquabots: Ultrasoft liquid robots for biomedical and environmental applications

The amplified rendering of the aquabots. The micrograph in the lower left corner is the bending shape “σ” of the aquabot. The micrograph in the upper right corner is the compartmental structures of the aquabot. Reprinted with permission from {Zhu, Shipei, et al. “Aquabots.” ACS nano (2022).} Copyright {2022} American Chemical Society.

In recent years, roboticists have developed a wide variety of robotic systems with different body structures and capabilities. Most of these robots are either made of hard materials, such as metals, or soft materials, such as silicon and rubbery materials.

Researchers at Hong Kong University (HKU) and Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory …

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