Tuesday, July 18, 2006

Bacteria Inspired Nano Robots

The NanoRobotics Lab at Carnegie Mellon University is working on micro-sized robots that can swim through your veins to inspect for damage or deliver drugs to a precise location.

A microrobot propulsion system was inspired by the flagellum of e. coli bacteria. Engineers are first modelling the motion of the tail to find the best configuration for a bio-explorer robot.

The next step will be to build scaled-up versions to test. The final step will shrink them down to micro and nano sizes. There are still one or two technological problems to deal with.

NanoRobotics Laboratory
via PCmag.com


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