This small robotic stingray could be the future of biological bots

What do you get when you smush a bunch off live heart cells, specialized biomaterials, and electrodes into a tiny, stingray-shaped package? If you said “lunch” than you’re wrong. Instead, you get the first example of bioinspired robotic systems that can imitate nature using both electrical and organic components.

The resulting project – a 10mm long robot that can swim in water – is “composed of live heart cells, two distinct types of specialized biomaterials for structural support, and flexible electrodes.” Created by Ali Khademhosseini at UCLA Bioengineering, the little robot is the first of its kind to contain both biomaterial and electronics.

“The development of such bioinspired systems could enable future robotics that contain both biological tissues and…

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