Scientists at the Max Planck Institute for Intelligent Systems in Stuttgart have created a tiny robot that mimics the jellyfish, plopping up and down within a liquid medium. This research holds great potential when investigating the impact of environmental changes in the ocean’s ecosystem. Another aim is for Jellyfishbot to be applied in the treatment of cancer.
“The idea behind this project was twofold,” says one of the researchers Dr. Metin Sitti, Director at the MPI-IS and head of the Physical Intelligence Department. “We learn and take inspiration from a range of biological systems to create tiny bio-inspired robots. We use them to study and better understand biological systems. But more importantly, such newly created robots could perhaps one day solve the critical scientific and technological challenges we face in healthcare and environment, helping to improve the welfare of our society.”
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