The plant-inspired robot self-assembles and shoots out like a vine

The plant-inspired robot self-assembles and shoots out like a vine

FiloBot, a plant-inspired robot, showcases an innovative approach to climbing structures and plants, mimicking the growth patterns of climbing vines.

Developed by Emanuela Del Dottori and her team, FiloBot uses a range of plant behaviors, including phototropism, passive phototropism, and gravitropism.

What sets FiloBot apart is its ability to self-assemble using additive manufacturing and sensing in its shot-like head.

During tests, FiloBot demonstrated remarkable adaptability, dynamically adjusting its growth path in response to moving light intensity.

Unlike traditional climbing robots, FiloBot does not rely on pre-programmed movements. Instead, it absorbs 3D-printed filaments through its head, incorporating them into its body to extend its length over time, and respond to external signals.

Del Dottore emphasizes the potential impact of this technology, saying:

“By equipping autonomous systems with transferable additive manufacturing technologies combined with biologically inspired behavioral strategies, future robots can navigate dynamic and unstructured environments and even be able to build autonomous infrastructure.”

This breakthrough opens the doors to a new era of robotics, where adaptability and responsiveness redefine the capabilities of climbing robots.

The surgical revolution: snake-like robots in medicine

In an initiative led by Jessica Burgener Kahrs of the University of Toronto Mississauga, snake-like robots with the potential to revolutionize surgery are being developed.

These thin, flexible and expandable robots could enable doctors to reach hard-to-reach places inside the human body, providing major advances in medical procedures.

The researchers envision a future in which these robots, under the guidance of surgeons, navigate complex paths around vital tissue, making previously inoperable conditions possible.

Burgener-Kahrs highlights the transformative effect, saying: “Brain tumors that were previously inoperable may suddenly become operable.”

The development extends to semi-autonomous models that, under the guidance of surgeons, can use sensors to avoid obstacles, enhancing the accuracy and safety of surgical procedures.

NASA EELS 1.0: Exploring uncharted terrain

NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) has unveiled EELS 1.0, a snake-like robot designed to explore the rugged terrain of our solar system's planets and moons.

With the acronym Exobiology Extant Life Surveyor, this self-propelled robot is designed to navigate diverse landscapes, including ice, sand, cliff walls, deep craters and lava tubes.

The JPL report highlights EELS's rotary propulsion units, which serve as underwater tracks, gripping mechanisms and propeller units.

Ground analog tests inside the Athabasca Glacier and Mount Major volcano in Canada demonstrate the robot's flexibility and navigation capabilities across rugged terrain, paving the way for future extraterrestrial missions.

These advances in plant-inspired, snake-like robots represent major strides in robotics, from medical applications to space exploration, showcasing the convergence of nature-inspired designs with cutting-edge technology.

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