Self-repairing Robots


Researchers at the National University of Singapore have built artificially innervated foam, or AiFoam, a sophisticated foam material that has self-repairing skills and can also be used in prosthetic devices like robotic arms. When used on robots, it enables them to sense nearby objects and pressure. The researchers have added microscopic metal particles and tiny electrodes underneath the surface of the foam, which enables it to detect pressure.

When pressure is applied, the metal particles come closer, changing their electrical properties. These changes are then detected by the electrodes, which are connected to a computer that tells the robot what to do. This feature makes the robots more intelligent, interactive and responsive to humans.

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