Anette Hosoi, a professor of mechanical engineering and applied mathematics at MIT, and her former graduate student Nadia Cheng, alongside researchers at the Max Planck Institute for Dynamics and Self-Organization and Stony Brook University are currently in the works of building a robot that can phase-change. Designed with wax and foam, robots would be capable of switching between hard and soft states. The robots might have the potential to be utilized in surgeries to move through the body and reach a particular point without damaging any of the organs or vessels along the way. Continue reading about the finding on MIT News.
Cheng works on phase-changing robots
August 4, 2014