Robotic Jagnu ready to facilitate rescue missions
Massachusetts: Scientists claim to have created tiny robotic jigsaws that weigh barely more than a paper clip and glow as they fly. These robotic jigsaws can be used in search and rescue missions.
MIT engineers have discovered a new way to insert small electric light particles into these artificial muscles so that they can emit colored light during flight.
According to researchers, robots can use this light to communicate with each other and to ask for help in an emergency.
For example, if these robots are sent on a rescue mission to a collapsed building and a robot finds people trapped, it can use the light to signal to others for help.
Late last year, MIT researchers discovered a way to create artificial muscles for robotic insects by adjusting the alternating dimensions of elastometers and carbon nanotube electrodes, and these surfaces were wrapped and placed in a soft cylinder.
When the voltage is applied to the cylinder, the electrodes are connected to the elastometer and then to the robotic key from the mechanical system.
To illuminate the wings, researchers have now inserted zinc sulfate particles into the robot’s artificial muscles.
When zinc particles are in a very powerful and high frequency electric field, they emit subatomic particles of light called photons.
The researchers found that they could use a higher voltage to create a powerful electric field in these artificial muscles and then run the robot at a higher frequency, which could cause the particles to glow with more light.