A world analysis team guided by Dr. Oliver Schmidt, working at Chemnitz University of Technology (TU Chemnitz) and Leibniz IFW Dresden, has recently developed a micro-robotic system with a wide range of possible functions, ranging from completing micro-surgeries to delivering goods to people. This robot, presented in a paper revealed in Nature Electronics, builds on an idea introduced by the same crew of researchers nearly a decade ago.
Since Schmidt and his colleagues first launched their concept for a micro-robotic system, their crew and several others worldwide have tried to create comparable technologies, primarily in vitro.
Implementing such a system contained in the human body, however, has proved to be far more difficult. In fact, with a view to complete tasks inside the physique, the system would need to be managed from outdoors and the information it collects ought to be easily conveyed to the outer world.
Schmidt and his colleagues fabricated their flexible microsystem by integrating micro and nanoelectronic parts on a chip floor, in a similar technique to how silicon technology is used to construct computer chips. A key distinction between their system and regular computer chips, nonetheless, is that the previous’s design contains jet engines created using an approach pioneered approximately twenty years ago, which isn’t sometimes used in the development of mainstream microelectronics.