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MIT: Squishy Robots

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A new phase-changing material built from wax and foam developed by researchers at MIT is capable of switching between hard and soft states. Robots built from this material would be able to operate more like biological systems with applications ranging from difficult search and rescue operations, squeezing through rubble looking for survivors, to deformable surgical robots that could move through the body to reach a particular point without damaging any of the organs or vessels along the way.

Video: Melanie Gonick, MIT News
Additional video clips courtesy of Nadia Cheng

 

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