Revolutionary Advancement in Soft Robotics: Bio-Compatible ‘Aquabots’ Pioneered

Researchers develop biocompatible Aquabots for all-water use
Soft robots have made tremendous progress in the last few years. Soft robots that can navigate through difficult terrain and perform biological functions within the human body have a wide range of potential biomedical uses, including surgery, prosthetics and pain relief.

The intrinsic functionalization of soft robots based on bio-inspired materials is currently based upon elastomeric material such as silica, which requires the introduction of bulky components and lengthy processing steps. Their deformability is limited compared to that of their biological counterparts.

The team, led by Professor Anderson H.C. Shum of the Department of Mechanical Engineering at University of Hong Kong and Professor Thomas P. Russell of Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, has developed an all-water robot system that overcomes these limitations through scientific advancements.