Chinese Researchers Build ‘Shapeshifting Robot’ inspired by Terminator
Chinese researchers have created a real-life Terminator robot that has the ability to shapeshift and repair itslef when damaged, opening the door for ‘liquid metal robots’ that could give rise to ‘powerful’ androids.
While the prototype robot built by Chinese researchers isn’t big, in fact, it’s a palm-sized prototype, experts have shown that a new generation of smart robots is just around the corner.
The small shape-shifting ‘Terminator’ bot could be used to access environments that are impossible for humans. It could also prove to be of great help in disaster zones.
The Prototype, built by scientists from the University of Science and Technology of China and the University of Wollongong in Australia is made out of a small plastic wheel, a lithium battery, and drops of gallium, a soft silvery metal, according to the South China Morning Post.
“In the future, we expect to further develop soft robots incorporating liquid metal that could be used in special missions such as searching for and rescuing earthquake victims, since they can change shape to slide under doors or make it through spaces humans can’t get into,” Tang Shiyang, from the University of Wollongong, told SCMP.