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A miniature wireless robot that can effectively move through tubular structures

A miniature wireless robot that can effectively move through tubular structures

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By Wisse Hettinga

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Researchers at the Max Planck Institute for Intelligent Systems, Harbin Institute of Technology, and Hong Kong University of Science and Technology recently developed a new wireless miniature robot that can move through pipes and other tubular structures

Source: Tech Explore

Robots have already proved to be promising tools to complete complex and demanding maintenance tasks. While engineers have developed a wide range of robots that could help to maintain and repair infrastructure, many of these robots need to be plugged into external power sources, which limits their real-world application.

Researchers at the Max Planck Institute for Intelligent Systems, Harbin Institute of Technology, and Hong Kong University of Science and Technology recently developed a new wireless miniature robot that can move through pipes and other tubular structures without relying on external sources of power. This robot, introduced in a paper published in Science Robotics, could help to effectively solve complex maintenance problems while minimizing damage to pipes.

“Wireless millimeter-scale robots capable of navigating through fluid-flowing tubular structures hold substantial potential for inspection, maintenance or repair use in nuclear, industrial, and medical applications,” Wenqi Hu, co-author of the paper, told Tech Xplore. “However, prevalent reliance on external powering constrains their operational range and applicable environments.”

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