Credit: Cornell University
A research collaboration between Cornell and the Max Planck Institute for Intelligent Systems has found an efficient way to expand the collective behavior of swarming microrobots: Mixing different sizes of the micron-scale ‘bots enables them to self-organize into diverse patterns that can be manipulated when a magnetic field is applied. The technique even allows the swarm to “cage” passive objects and then expel them.
The approach may help inform how future microrobots could perform targeted drug release in which batches of microrobots transport and release a pharmaceutical product in the human body.
The team’s paper, “Programmable Self-Organization …