The development of a living robot made of real muscles and tissue brings humanity closer to the world of science fiction, where robots made of biological material and artificial components can adapt to their environment and regenerate against attacks or damage. Inspired by the character created by James Cameron, Japanese researchers at the University of Tokyo have created a miniature Terminator-like robot that combines robotics and biology. This biped robot is made of a skeletal structure of resin and wire, with muscles and tissues created from mouse cells. The robot is capable of walking and has much finer and free movements than conventional robots, thanks to electrical impulses that contract and relax its muscles to move its legs.
The robot is immersed in a liquid solution to remain upright in a vertical position, and the use of living tissues in technology aims to study the integration of biological components into robots. This groundbreaking development could potentially contribute to a deeper understanding of biological locomotion mechanisms and mimic the complexities of human walking in robots. This advancement opens doors for machines that can go where humans cannot, harness chemical processes as energy, and have the ability to regenerate against possible attacks or damage.
In addition to its implications for robotics, the creation of living robots based on biological materials and artificial components has the potential to revolutionize the field of technology and robotics. This innovative achievement brings humanity one step closer to the world of science fiction and the possibility of robots with biological components.