FiloBot : Plant-Inspired Robot
A new innovative plant-inspired robot which is named FiloBot has been developed that climbs up structures just like climbing vines.
- FiloBot is different from conventional climbing robots as it doesn’t depend on pre-programmed movements.
- It instead absorbs 3D printing filament through its head and extends its length over time, just like a creeper.
- The team utilised a combination of plant behaviours like phototropism, negative phototropism and gravitropism and utilises these naturally occurring behaviours in high-tech robots.
- The tests for FiloBot have been successful and displayed remarkable adaptability that adjusts its growth trajectory dynamically in response to moving light intensity.
- By equipping autonomous systems with transportable additive manufacturing techniques merged with bioinspired behavioural strategies, future robots can navigate unstructured and dynamic environments and even be capable of self-building infrastructure.
- This new innovation has opened new potential impact of technology that can be applied in robotics, where adaptability and responsiveness redefine the capabilities of climbing robots.