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.