Slime mold robots

Slime mold robots

Postby Markus Waibel on 11 Sep 2009, 08:23

Scientists at the University of the West of England are working on the design of a biological robot based on slime molds.

Previous research on slime molds has already shown their capability to solve complex computational tasks such as shortest path and maze problems and even been used to control a robot. Slime molds have also been shown to be able to transport objects using oscillating tubes.

The new robot, affectionately named PlasmoBot, will be able to "pick up" objects by engulfing them with the final goal to achieve micro-assembly. While still far off, fully biological amorphous robots would be massively parallel and would come with many built-in advantages over their silicon counterparts, including cheap replication, self-healing, and - naturally - bio-degradability.

Slime molds UWE: ... &year=2009

Also check some older stuff on slime mold controlling a hexapod: ... ToCell.pdf
Slime molds - soon robotic?
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Slime mold robots

Postby tomharrish on 16 Nov 2009, 11:27

Hello Guys,
Slime means which naturally shies away from light, controls the robot's movement so that it too keeps out of light and seeks out dark places in which to hide itself.
The mold, which is naturally light-sensitive, is able to hide the robot in dark corners, and the scientists expect to further this technology for use in smaller, autonomous units.
"Robotics researchers from the UK and Japan have linked up a slime mold to remotely control a six-legged robot.
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