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This Soft Robot Detects Damage & Heals Itself

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Here is a soft robot capable of detecting when and where it is damaged to heal itself on the spot. Cornell University engineers used fiber-optic sensors with LED lights that can detect changes on the surface of the robot. As explained on Techxplore, a rapid healing polyurethane urea elastomer was also used.

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Soft robot detects damage, heals itself

This approach (SHeaLDS) can be used to develop damage resilient robots that can heal and adapt to damage. The above shows it in action.

[Credit: Science Advances (2022). DOI: 10.1126/sciadv.abq2104]

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