A physics professor from Columbia University finds that fabrication of the soft actuators is possible. Ozgur Sahin states that the device can convert energy to physical motion. However, the new soft actuators are strong and flexible enough to handle pressure, but most importantly resistant to water.
Further, he claims that the trend of developing interactive material responsive to the environment has encouraged the study. Thus, they explored developing a material which is water-resistant. As a result, this will enhance water resistance capacity of the actuators finds the research published in the Advanced Materials Technologies journal on May 21.
A New Material for Water Resistant Actuator
The robots manufactured till date are hard and comprise metallic structures that require a computer to handle. However, soft robots are created with materials which don’t require any specific skeleton, shape, and primarily electricity. Thus, researchers have come up with less expensive and simple soft robots. These robots are even safer to be around humans.
For the ideal materials used for manufacturing actuators, the researchers combined bacterial spores with adhesives. This mixture can be the ideal alternative for traditional material to manufacture actuator such as synthetic polymers. This new material is highly responsive than gels and safe to use even in water.
Thus, the robots will likely have extensive applications to function in coming years. However, it needs further testing before implementation. Moreover, the existing design is ready to use for a shorter period, Ozgur Sahin said. He added that further exploration of the robot might lead to widening its applications.