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Bio-inspired robots come closer to reality

ANI  |  Washington D.C. [USA] 

A tissue-based soft that mimics the of a stingray has been developed, 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 on.

The 10-millimeter long is made up of four layers: tissue composed of live heart cells, two distinct types of specialized 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.

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

"This advancement could be used for medical therapies such as personalized tissue patches to strengthen cardiac muscle tissue for patients", he added.

The study is published in

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First Published: Sat, January 13 2018. 03:30 IST