Jan 26, 2023

Watch a sea cucumber-inspired shapeshifting robot escape jail

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It can even liquefy and move through small spaces, just like T-1000 in Terminator 2.

An international team of scientists created sea cucumber-inspired miniature robots that can quickly shift between liquid and solid states.

They built the new robots with a material they dubbed a “magnetoactive solid-liquid phase transitional machine.” The robots are also magnetic and can conduct electricity, as per a press release.

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During a mobility test, the researchers put the robot through an obstacle course, which saw it liquefy and move through jail bars. The move recalls the robot T-1000 from Terminator 2, which was able to liquefy and change shape at will.

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