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Stingray soft robot could lead to bio-inspired robotics

Press Trust of India  |  Washington 

Scientists have developed a tissue-based soft that mimics the of a stingray, which could lead to advances in bio-inspired robotics, and medical diagnostics.

The simple body design of stingrays, specifically, a flattened body shape and side fins that start at the head and end at the base of their tail, makes them ideal to model bio- electromechanical systems on.

The 10-millimetre long is made up of four layers: tissue composed of live heart cells, two distinct types of specialised for structural support, and flexible electrodes.

Imitating nature, the robotic stingray is even able to "flap" its fins when the electrodes contract the heart cells on the biomaterial scaffold, according to the study published in the journal

"The development of such could enable future that contain both biological tissues and electronic systems," said Ali Khademhosseini, from University of California, in the US.

"This advancement could be used for medical therapies such as personalised tissue patches to strengthen cardiac muscle tissue for patients," Khademhosseini said.

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

First Published: Sat, January 13 2018. 12:15 IST