Muscle bio-bot

Scientists demonstrated muscle-powered bio-bots walking on command, powered by muscle cells and controlled with electrical pulses.   Watch the video…

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University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign reveals a class of walking “bio-bots,” small biological machines that can be controlled with an electric current.

Study leader Rashid Bashir, Abel Bliss Professor and head of bioengineering at the U. of I, said:

“Biological actuation driven by cells is a fundamental need for any kind of biological machine you want to build. We’re trying to integrate these principles of engineering with biology in a way that can be used to design and develop biological machines and systems for environmental and medical applications. Biology is tremendously powerful, and if we can somehow learn to harness its advantages for useful applications, it could bring about a lot of great things.”

Muscle-powered bio-bot

Additional information: University of Illinois