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Slime Controlled Robot

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posted on Apr, 7 2006 @ 08:18 AM
Interesting story about a Man named Klaus-Peter Zauner from the University of Southampton (UK) who worked with colleagues from Kobe University in south-central Japan to create a Robot who's functions were a result from reactions by Slime

New Scientist Report

The Slime is Physarum polycephalum and it controls the robot's movement by its reaction to light.

As the slime tried to get away from the light its movement was sensed by the circuit and used to control one of the robot's six legs. The robot then scrabbled away from bright lights as a mechanical embodiment of the mould. Eventually, this type of control could be incorporated into the bot itself rather than used remotely.

I am surprised at the level that robotics is having in conjunction to use of biological entities.

Further down the article i mentions about a fly-eating robot which could be the first in a line of machines that generate their own power.

Fly eating machine article.

Correct me if I am wrong but does that not make it a cannibal robot?

posted on Apr, 7 2006 @ 08:33 AM
oh thats hot, I love Bots, going to school for Electrical Component Engineering.........

Oh thanks a ton, I love concept bots, Awsome Read!

Now to unleash my Magnebots!

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