Biohybrid robotics combines engineered artificial structures and living bio-systems.
June 28, 2017
Gaszton Vizsnyiczai, Giacomo Frangipane, Claudio Maggi, Filippo Saglimbeni, Silvio Bianchi & Roberto Di Leonardo
NANOTEC-CNR, Institute of Nanotechnology, Soft and Living Matter Laboratory, Rome
"The synthetic components consist of 3D interconnected structures having a rotating unit that can capture individual bacteria into an array of microchambers so that cells contribute maximally to the applied torque. Bacterial cells are smooth swimmers expressing a light-driven proton pump that allows to optically control their swimming speed."
July 8, 2016
Park, Sung-Jin et al. Corresponding author Kevin Kit Parker.
Harvard University, Sogang University, Stanford University
Swimming robot mimics a ray fish (1/10 scale version) powered by cardiomyocytes genetically engineered to respond to light cues. The robot was built with microfabricated gold skeleton and rubber body.