Stingray Inspired Soft Robot


By: Jasen Vu

Bioengineering professor Ali khademhosseni has developed a soft robot that uses the biomechanics of a stingray. The technology could supposedly lead to new advancements in regenerative medicine, bio-inspired robotics, and medical diagnostics.

The body of a stingray being flat and having fins that start at the head and end at the tail makes them ideal to model bio-electromechanical systems on. The robot is 10 millimeters long and has 4 layers: Tissue made up of live heart cells, two specialized biomaterials for structure support, and flexible electrodes.

Ali says the development of the robot could help future biological robots and can be as tissue patches for heart attack victims.

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