To many of us, spiders are the freaks of nature and they creep the living soul out of us. However, a team of researchers from Boston and Harvard developed a spider-like soft-robotics system which will help improve medical procedures, taking inspiration from a real-life Australian spider.
The soft robot invention is designed to help with sutures in surgeries. They could be deployed into small spaces and delicate situations.
These arachnid-inspired robots only measure a few centimeters in size.
They could contain the tools necessary for successful operations, which cannot be done by humans or rigid robots.
These robots are equipped with micrometer-sized tools and features that could make considerable contributions to advancing the field of medicine.
The inspiration for the soft robot came from the tiny Australian peacock spider.
This robot spider is made from a single elastic material that is able to do body-shaping, do motion, and have color.
The idea was conceived by roboticists and researchers from Harvard University’s Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering, Harvard John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS), and Boston University.
According to Sheila Russo, co-author of the robotics study:
“The smallest soft robotic systems still tend to be very simple, with usually only one degree of freedom, which means that they can only actuate one particular change in shape or type of movement. By developing a new hybrid technology that merges three different fabrication techniques, we created a soft robotic spider made only of silicone rubber with 18 degrees of freedom, encompassing changes in structure, motion, and color, and with tiny features in the micrometer range.”
The medical application of these robot spiders is envisioned to bring new approaches to endoscopy and microsurgery.
While a large number of us are creeped out by the idea of being crawled on by a spider, these team of roboticists believe that this tech will be the next big thing for medical science.
Awesome App Helps You Find Solutions To Your Problems Within Your Neighborhood
Lost a pet? Need a cup of sugar? This app can help you!
Need help for a minor household problem but you're just too shy to bother your neighbor about it? Well this incredible app has you covered!
Chummy is an app you can use to ask people for help, particularly those who are living nearby. As the app's official website tells us, Chummy is actually aiming to help people "develop real-life connections, based on trust and mutual support within your city."
Chummy believes "there is a hero in each of us."
Scientists Discover New Materials That Could Charge Your Phone In Minutes
Your cell phone charging woes may soon be over!
Getting tired of your quick-draining yet slow-charging phone batteries? You're definitely not alone!
This is a common issue among mobile device users since many gadgets tend to run out of juice all too quickly. It sucks but for the most part, our best bet is to carry a power bank, especially when we're always on the go.
Cell phone charging woes may soon be over, thanks to this new discovery.
Flying Car Invented By Filipino Guy Successfully Completes Test Flight
Say goodbye to traffic jams!
Our fascination with flying cars and hover boards arose from watching futuristic movies like Back to the Future. Because of this, we were kind of disappointed when the hover boards that went out of the market had wheels instead of the much-imagined propeller type boards that we see Michael J. Fox used in the popular 80’s film classic.
No doubt somehow inspired by these movies too, a Filipino hip-hop dancer and inventor hopes to bring us what might be the first true-blue viable flying car. Flyingkyxz, a drone car, has successfully completed its test flight - with flying colors!
It’s inventor, Kyxz Mendiola, is actually a member of a famous Hip Hop dance group in the Philippines.