Toward Growable Robot: EExploring and Integrating Flexible - Biological Matter with Electronics

Pat Pataranutaporn, Jaime Sanchez De La Vega, Abhik Chowdhury, Audrey Ng, Galina Mihaleva

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7 Scopus citations

Abstract

The direction of recent research suggests the convergence of digital and biological systems, where researchers designed and engineered technology that share many of the aspects of living organisms. We explore a step towards 'growable robotics', a type of robotic system that has the ability to self-grow either a part of or its whole body into a functional shape with minimal help from the external system. We propose the application of microbial cellulose, as a biological exoskeleton of the electrical system with renewable, self-healing, and shape changing properties. We demonstrate the process of creating the growable robot by prototyping a simple rover inspired by NASA folded origami mechanisms. Finally, we analyze the potential applications based on the properties of the material and suggest the future directions in growable and biological augmented robotics.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publication2018 International Flexible Electronics Technology Conference, IFETC 2018
PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.
ISBN (Electronic)9781538633571
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 19 2018
Event2018 International Flexible Electronics Technology Conference, IFETC 2018 - Ottawa, Canada
Duration: Aug 7 2018Aug 9 2018

Publication series

Name2018 International Flexible Electronics Technology Conference, IFETC 2018

Conference

Conference2018 International Flexible Electronics Technology Conference, IFETC 2018
Country/TerritoryCanada
CityOttawa
Period8/7/188/9/18

Keywords

  • Biodigital
  • Biological augmentation
  • Cellulose
  • Growable
  • Robotics

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering
  • Instrumentation

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