Visit the New Technabob Shop!Get Technabob in Your Mailbox Every Day! Join our Mailing List!
Awesomer Media Sites: THE AWESOMER | MIGHTYMEGA | 95OCTANE
subscribe to our rss feedsubscribe via e-mailfollow technabob on twittertechnabob facebook fan pageGoogle+follow us in feedly
Follow Us:

Researchers Create “Meshworm” Robot that Can’t Be Killed

by Conner Flynn

Meshworm is the latest robotic creation from researchers at MIT, Harvard University and Seoul National University. You can try beating this earthworm-like robot with a mallet, but the thing just won’t die.


This robot is made from “artificial muscle” made from a flexible mesh tube segmented by loops of nickel/titanium wire. The wire is there to contract and squeeze the tube when it is heated by a flowing current. When you cut the power, it returns to its original shape, creating propulsion just like a worm.

Not using traditional moving parts makes it pretty tough. Big surprise, DARPA has their hands in this project too, not that this worm would be good for gathering intel or helping soldiers.

It does however have potential medical applications, like making them into next-gen endoscopes or something.

While hitting it with a mallet or stepping on it didn’t kill the thing, blowing it up,  setting it on fire or drowning it just might do the trick.

[via Engadget]




Post a Comment:

Want a personal avatar on your comments? Sign up for a free Gravatar now!

Note: All comments with links in them will be held for moderation in order to prevent spam, so you may not see your post appear immediately.


« Previous
Next »

Our Latest & Greatest Posts...

Electric Typewriter Modded to Make ASCII Art Portraits: Chartography

Electric Typewriter Modded to Make ASCII Art Portraits: Chartography

Evolve Vinyl Pop Action Figures Evolved into Collectibles

Evolve Vinyl Pop Action Figures Evolved into Collectibles

Game of Thrones Canvas Art: Decorating is Coming

Game of Thrones Canvas Art: Decorating is Coming

X-Arcade Lumber Jacques Arcade Machine: Donk-it-Kong

X-Arcade Lumber Jacques Arcade Machine: Donk-it-Kong

Darth Vader Glow-in-the-Dark Electrocution T-Shirt

Darth Vader Glow-in-the-Dark Electrocution T-Shirt

Win Prizes in the Technabob Shop

More from Awesomer Media...

The Awesomer Logo MightyMega Logo 95octane Logo