Shape-shifting robot melts itself to escape lab jail
A new material mixing galium and magnetic microparticles can shape shift. It starts with lego mini-figs it ends with a T-1000. The demonstration for this wild material is clearly taking notes from Terminator 2. The actual inspiration comes from sea cucumbers! Those slimy slug-like organisms have the ability morph and shift from rigid to jelly-like. Via BBC:
A shape-shifting robot that looks like a cross between a Lego figure and the T-1000 from Terminator 2 has been filmed melting itself to escape through the bars of a miniature jail cell.
Researchers in the US and China developed a material that reacts to magnetic fields and could eventually be used in medical procedures. The robot can also jump and climb, said the team.
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