MIT Meshworm a soft autonomous robot that moves via peristalsis

By Kang Du

nickel-titanium artificial muscles can be bludgeoned with a hammer

“artificial muscle” from wire made of nickel and titanium — a shape-memory alloy that stretches and contracts with heat

  • small battery and a circuit board inside running a computer algorithm
  • It is not the first attempt of wormy robots but it is one of the simplest and most useful ones.
  • It has a great use in the military as to get the information from the enemies.

The soft components that make up Meshworm make it ideal for squeezing into small spaces that are inaccessible to other robots, and it can do so without damaging its surroundings


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