The research team constructed the robot with a shape-memory alloy material that can transform to a “remembered” shape when heated.
Northwestern University researchers have developed lifelike soft materials that could be used as microscopic delivery systems for production of fuels and drugs, environmental cleanup, or transformative medical procedures.
From advanced prosthetics, powered exoskeletons, and rehabilitation robots to haptic interfaces and drone swarms, Northwestern’s Center for Robotics and Bioscience is advancing the state of robotics research.
Hydrogels are water-based biomaterials developed specifically for human use, according to a Biomaterials journal article. They are a water-swollen polymeric material that doesn’t change its distinct 3D structure. They are formed from super-absorbent, chain-like polymers and are not soluble in water. However, their porous surface allows for nutrients and cell waste to pass through. They have shown the…