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Self-Healing Materials Extend Robotic Life Span


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Self-Healing Materials Extend Robotic Life Span

Their self-healing power relies on the material they are composed of: a rubbery polymer that has all the classic characteristics of soft robotic bodies — flexibility, elasticity and overall durability — with the added benefits of self-repair and recyclability. Similar materials have already been used in real-world situations, such as for shooting stands that seal after a bullet has passed through, or coatings of cars that can smooth out scratches. Incorporating these materials into robots — especially those made to interact with humans — is the next step for translating the skill of "self-healing" into the artificial realm.


By AAAS, USA.


Technology Policy Resource.