Prototype of Edible Robot is Biocompatible for Nutrient or Pharma Applications

Published by , October 9, 2017 12:44 pm

(IEEE.Spectrum) Researchers from EPFL’s Laboratory of Intelligent Systems recently presented a prototype of a completely edible soft pneumatic actuator made of gelatin. It probably doesn’t taste very good, but it’s biodegradable, biocompatible, and environmentally sustainable, and could enable all kinds of novel applications, as the researchers explain in their paper:
“The components of such edible robots could be mixed with nutrient or pharmaceutical components for digestion and metabolization. Potential applications are disposable robots for exploration, digestible robots for medical purposes in humans and animals, and food transportation where the robot does not require additional payload because the robot is the food.”

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