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Scientists Create Half A Milimeter Remote-Controlled Robot

Credit: Northwestern University

Scientists recently revealed the world’s tiniest remote-controlled walking robot, which measures in at less than a fifty-fifth of an inch broad.

It is possible to imagine a variety of applications for very small robots, from aiding with medical operations to fixing equipment in places where a wrench can’t go. The more compact they get, the wider a variety of settings they may be used to.

This robot is amazing even if it isn’t quite ready to go out into the public and perform repairs just yet.

Tiny robots of any form and size may be created using the technology they’ve discovered.

Pop-up books are an excellent analogy for the robot’s technology, which is built on a stretchy rubber substrate with robot pieces attached. When the material relaxes, it pops up into its form.

The robot’s form may be accurately adjusted by carefully calibrating the foundation parts. An alloy with form memory is employed to create the robot’s moving components, which follow the same design principles. Depending on how hot they are, these materials take on one of two forms.

The crab is propelled forward by a series of lasers that operate as a remote control to heat up certain areas of the robot. Using a thin covering of glass guarantees that the components return to their original form when they cool down.
The researchers are able to control the robo-movement crab’s by pointing lasers at various parts of the robot. It is also possible to alter the robot’s movement speed by varying the frequency of the laser scanning.

Whether it’s to make them more resistant to external pressures, target medications to cure illnesses or to create bigger, modular frameworks from smaller pieces, robots have been becoming smaller and smaller over time. This is the next stage in this trend.

The researchers believe their new method has a lot of promise. For example, they think they can use the same principles to make robots spin and leap. Remote control is possible as long as the robot is inside the laser’s field of vision.