Scientists develop soft robotic actuators using porous carbon nanoparticles from waste onion peels

Source: PIB

What is the News?

A team of Indian Scientists have developed soft robotic actuators using porous carbon nanoparticles from waste onion peels.

What are Soft Robots or Actuators?
  • Soft robots or actuators is the specific subfield of robotics dealing with constructing robots from highly compliant materials similar to those found in living organisms.
  • Soft robotics draws heavily from the way in which living organisms move and adapt to their surroundings. 
  • In contrast to robots built from rigid materials, soft robots allow for increased flexibility and adaptability for accomplishing tasks, as well as improved safety when working around humans.
  • These characteristics allow for the potential use of soft robotics in the fields of medicine and manufacturing.
What scientists have developed?
  • Scientists have developed soft robotic actuators with enhanced photomechanical capacity. It was developed using porous carbon nanoparticles from waste onion peels.
  • These soft robots can act as efficient traps for the illuminating low-power near-infrared (NIR) light. They can also convert a control signal into mechanical motion with bioengineering applications such as drug delivery, wearable and assistive devices, prostheses, and even artificial organs.

 

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